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).