The Challenges of Change

Change is a fact of life. Eventually, it touches everything and everyone. Sometimes, that change is voluntary. I want to change my diet, I want to change my job, etc. Other times, that change is involuntary. My parents are aging and now I have to take care of them, my office is downsizing and I just got let go, etc.

In spite of the unique challenges that change presents in your life, I think we can all admit that there are some major changes occurring in our world right now that are creating some very big challenges for all of us.

What we’re encountering nowadays are seismic changes in politics, climate, religion, human sexuality, and so much more. And when we stop to survey the challenges of such change, it’s tempting to lose heart and question where God is in all of this.

But God’s response to that question is this…take heart. In John 16:33, Christ shares these words with us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It’s comforting to know that the God who overcame the grave has also overcome the challenges we’re facing, both individually and as a people. And while it may seem that everything we’ve ever known is changing before our very eyes, there’s an anchor for us to hold on to that is firm and secure. There’s a steady tree by the water which we can grab onto and from which these challenges cannot sweep us away. That steady presence in the midst of chaos and change is Jesus Christ. And for those who reach out to Him in faith, these challenges won’t overtake you.

As you navigate the challenges of change in your life and in our world, I hope you’ll take heart and remember that while you’re going to face troubles, Christ has already overcome them. And not only that, He’s going to be with You as you face them day in and day out. In support of that truth, hear these words of comfort and encouragement from Isaiah 43:1-2…

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you,

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

These words of comfort and encouragement that God shared with Isaiah continue to be words of comfort and encouragement for us today. For while it’s easy to become discouraged when we see the challenges we’re facing, God stands before us and says, “Don’t fear, I’ll face these challenges with you, and as long as you’re holding onto me, you’ll make it through.”

In a world that’s always changing, we’re able to depend on a God who’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. In a sea of change, through times of transition, the Lord and His love remain steady. All you have to do is hold on!

Tyler Ward, Minister for Sharing Christ

Tyler Ward, Minister for Sharing Christ