We are naturally resistant to change, even when change is favorable. For the most part, I believe, it is because change doesn’t happen how we think it should or when we think it should. Nonetheless, in the midst of challenging times, we have to remember Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Because, when God is about to bring change in our lives, it may seem as though things intensify, even worsen; everything goes haywire and everybody goes crazy. Fires start popping up everywhere and, sometimes, in the least place you would expect: the child that was usually the “good one” starts acting out; the job climate suddenly turns hostile; a once peaceful home is now chaotic. It is during these times that we must not become weary and tired. However, more often than not, we feel like giving up, throwing in the towel and waving the white flag of surrender. But, what we should do is dig in our heels, close our mouths to anything negative, and hold on till our change comes. Job 14:14, “…all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”
In 2 Kings 6:24-33, the scriptures describe a great famine in the land. This famine was so severe that one woman tricked another woman into boiling her son so that they could have food (2 Kings 6:28-29). Yet, in the heart of this great famine the prophet, Elisha, spoke a Word that didn’t make sense. He announced that tomorrow all that was going to change (2 Kings 2:1). In the middle of difficult, trying times, when it seems all hope is lost, God will speak a Word and say “…weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5); or He will speak and say, “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15). Perhaps during a weak stage in your life, He speaks and says you are, “…more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). He is speaking Words to us that are not making sense to us because of the situation or circumstance we are in at that time.
How we respond to God when He speaks change during difficult times is very important. In 2 Kings 7:1, as Elisha is telling the king and his party that things were about to change, the scripture states that one of the king’s men told Elisha he didn’t believe it. “Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, ‘Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?’” (2 Kings 7:2). Elisha’s response to the man was, “…Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof” (2 Kings 7:2). It is important to agree with God for change. It doesn’t matter what it looks like or what it feels like, when God speaks change into your situation, agree with Him. Do not allow your words to cancel out God’s change for you. Let your response be Amen; so be it.
The king’s servant didn’t believe, the king didn’t even believe, but that did not change the Word of the Lord. The Word that was spoken still came to pass. It changed! The famine came to a quick, sudden halt (2 Kings 7:18). But, the king’s man that spoke and said he didn’t believe, saw the change but did not share in it (2 Kings 7:20), just as Elisha had spoken. When the Lord speaks change into your situation, do not resist Him. Answer Him just as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did “…be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).
This was AWESOME and right!!!!
Omg Dear Encourager,
This is an awesome message! I really needed to read this. Its easy For me to encourage others but Have not easily accepted change. I will now just simply say to God AMEN!
Thankful that you got what you needed Sis! God is just good like that!
Thank you for blessing us with another great word.
Change is the one thing no one seems to like, but the one thing we have no control over, and the one thing that happens to us every day. We make a big deal about the major changes that occur in our lives without realizing that we experience change daily. I have experienced on many levels and when it happens, just like everyone else, I am initially devastated. However, I am always comforted when I remember that God will not put more on you than you can bare, and that all things work for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Maybe when change happens, it is because we were going in the wrong direction and away from the purpose for which God created us. Like you said, His thoughts are not our thoughts and are far above our thoughts. God changed my entire life around. Removed me from what I loved and from what I thought was my arena. These are the times we must praise God because things, at the onset of change, look dark and gloomy; and because we cannot see through it, we need to rely on our faith in God to see us though it. God created us for a purpose, a purpose that He knows and we need to know. Change must happen to help us get to that purpose, especially when we refuse to ask Him what’s that purpose we were created for. If you love God, trust Him to know what is best for you.
Our perception of change is the problem. We need to change our minds about how we view change, especially since change is coming whether we like it our not. Consider that we are not the same as we were five minutes ago or even one minute ago. Change is good and can lead us to our purpose in life. Change is not a roadblock, but a detour that can lead us down an intended path. If not for the change God brought my way, I surely would not be the person I am today. Perception is reality. Change your perception about change, and it will change your reality and help you discover your purpose. Resistance is futile and change will happen whether we like it or not; we may as well praise God through it.
The sun still shines even though clouds may blanket the sky
You can pull back the covers and see the light if you really try
The surface may seem dark and gloomy, but it’s really only a mask
Sometimes it’s not easy to see, so prepare yourself for the task
Victory is never achieved with one great smashing blow
You make a plan filled with tactics to keep things in control
Then work your plan and sacrifice, and watch your success grow
Always continue to try, no matter what the opposition may say
You can achieve greatness, by taking one step each day
Defeat must first take root in your mind before it overtakes your spirit
Just look defeat straight in the eye, and don’t take time to fear it
For a battle lost may certainly mean eventually winning the war
So watch the way the game is played and don’t worry about the score
Down in the third quarter means you don’t have anything to lose
So go all out and give your best, it’s your choice, and only you can choose
Even though the skies are cloudy, remember the sun is still there
Just change the way you view the picture, but only if you dare
You are always such a blessing Sir! Thank you for gracing us with this beautiful word and poem!
Thank you for bringing a word week after week that is so relevent to so many and for having the courage to listen and obey God and be the encourager of the social network world
“BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD”, AMEN; SO BE IT.
Love it ! I read half. Will read the other half tomorrow.
I’ll expect and updated comment upon completion 🙂
Love it! Printed it out and passed it around at work today!
God Bless you for another inspiring message.
Most of us are aware that change is necessary. And, we are hopeful that change will come. Moreover, every individual can help to effect positive change. In essence, the “Need for Change is Plenteous but the Change Agents are few.” Therefore, I thank God for sending Change Agents, like The Encourager, in this Season.
I Like that, “Change Agents.” I’m reminded of something I heard, “We must be the change that we want to see!” Thanks for viewing and blessing us with your comment.
Thank you for another good message.,God bless and strengthen you more. God inspire you more!
Change is 1 constant thing, and humans don’t receive/take ‘change’ too well. Like you said “because CHANGE doesn’t happen how we think it should, or when we think it should” even when its favourable. But when it comes to God, we shouldn’t resist or object but adhere to what he’s saying or telling us at any particular time. God knows best of our situation better than us. He is God. He made us, He knows us. So when He’s saying things that may not make sense to us (at that particular time), best thing is to obey Him, because God cannot be wrong.
” …be it unto me according to thy word, Lord”.
Thank you Reazon for your encouraging words, and thank you for your continued support. Yes, God knows best!