Change Always Happens
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. — James 1:17 NIV
Everything you have, from your health to your friendships to a roof over your head to the food in your belly, is a gift from God. And we even have something else to be thankful for: that
God doesn’t change! I love that about Him.
We can hold tight to our never-changing God and be okay because, in every other area of life, change is pretty much guaranteed. And you know what?
Brave people are willing to let go of everything as they hold tight to God, even when things start to change.
In the last three months, I have seen the most change in my personal and professional life that I’ve ever had. For my counselor, I listed every North Star person (you know, a person who is important to you and gives you guidance) who has left my life in the last three months, and the number is seven. Seven.
And you know what? It’s okay.
If I chose to live in a world where I hated change all the time, I would be really miserable. If I chose to put all my hope in people, I would be really miserable. (I’ve tried both. It’s always miserable.)
I don’t love change, but I know that God is always working for my good. So, I can say, “Man, this is the worst!” But I have a totally trustworthy God who is looking out for me.
Does God need a reminder that He has all this under control? No, friend. He doesn’t. You do. I definitely do. We all do.
Remembering that He’s the boss and His plans are for our good and He loves us? That can make us brave, even when everything that felt secure seems to be changing.
Be Brave: List a few changes you’ve seen in your life lately. How are you seeing God use these changes to shape you?
Excerpted with permission from Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs, copyright Annie F. Downs.
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What has changed in your life recently? Have the changes made you feel miserable? Have you put your hope in people and been disappointed? What if today we started realigning our hope on Jesus alone and began trusting that His plans are good and He loves us? Come share with us on our blog! We want to hear from you about our never-changing God in the middle of this always-changing world! ~ Devotionals Daily
Let's All Be Brave
Annie F. Downs
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