Devotional

“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” — James 1:17.

Change happens and nowhere is that more obvious than in Northwest Florida. In late September, most people had it all: they had their health, relationships, a job, a roof over their head, money in their pocket, clothes to wear and food to eat. Fast forward a few weeks and many people lost some or all of those things in 130 plus mph winds.

It takes real faith to be willing to let go of life’s reins and hold tight to God when things start to change for the worst. But probably not for the first time. Many of us have made big moves either geographically or making a major change in life. And in those times as now, we tend to bristle at what is happening and fear what those changes will do to our personal and professional lives. But God is in the midst of it all.

He was there when we opened the boxes to move into the new house. He was there in the old city and He is there in the new city. He was there in the valleys of each trial and in the peaks of each success. He was there when we watched Hurricane Michael move across Northwest Florida and He was there when we cried over the devastation. 

Most people don’t love change, but I know that God is always working for my good. So, I can say, “It just can’t get any worse” knowing that God will never forsake me. Exodus 23:20 says, “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.” I know at all times, God goes ahead of me and prepares a place for me. It might not be what I wanted in the short-term, but He is always there in every change in my life.

It is hard to see much good in Hurricane Michael. It was at a time like this that Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

But in faith, we can allow God to guide us through our fears and learn to trust Him in all circumstances. We can trust Him and welcome change, even if it’s hard to say goodbye to the previous chapter of our lives. We simply need to be open to His will and guidance. God always has something good for us in the long run. Even if it means some abrupt change today.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is it possible to embrace change? How?
  2. How can we see God in the changes in our lives?