Thinking About Change

Four months ago when the seriousness of the coronavirus infection was realised, we were all faced with huge changes to our daily lives and habits – all for a good reason. I think we all quickly adapted to that!

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But now it seems that another change is on the way! It’s part of the welcome change we have been waiting for, a return to more freedom of movement, to being able to meet more people. There are some restrictions still – and that’s for a good reason too. We have to tread carefully for a while yet.

Changes are inevitable as time marches on, many of them slow but sure. Just think of it over your own lifetime. Our school days and those of our children and grandchildren are vastly different. Opportunities are wider, and aspirations are greater too. This is likewise true of health care, housing standards, transport methods, holiday destinations, communications methods, leisure time, family life and so on. The old close-knit communities in many of our towns and villages are not there anymore. It is only in a few primitive societies that ways of life have not changed for hundreds of years. Maybe in our fast moving societies we would like a little bit of that - but without the inconveniences and hardships involved!

Anyway we can’t go back, we must move forward. Opportunities are open to us today. Its choices are important, they can have far reaching consequences. Choices made now can change our future, both in this life and the next.

For many of us, the greatest choice with the biggest change occurred when we trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. The Bible tells us that was when we passed from death to life, from darkness to light, from being lost to being saved, from being on the broad road to hell to being on the narrow road to heaven, from being strangers to God and His grace to being in His family and able to call Him our Father truthfully.

We can sing,                        

“What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought

Since Jesus came into my heart!”

Because of this we expect another great change some day! When our life is over we will be completely changed  -

  • from being in a sinful world into a sinless heaven!
  • from mortality and frailty to blissful immortality!
  • from faith and hope to ultimate fulfilment!
  • from being what we are to being like Christ!

For more about this, you could read 1 Corinthians 15.50-54, and also 1 Thessalonians 4.13-17 for some more details.

But for now, as we face changes which are sometimes difficult, we listen to the words of God spoken long ago: “I am the LORD. I do not change” (Malachi 3.6). That means we can always depend on Him. Sometimes we sing these words from Henry F Lyte (1793-1847):

Change and decay in all around I see

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

We also read in Hebrews 13.8: “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” That means we can always trust in Him -

  • as we did “yesterday” to save us from all our sins,
  • as we do “today” to support us in all our difficulties,
  • as we will do “forever” to sustain our souls through all eternity.

We can enjoy singing this one too by William H Bennet (1843-1920):

O Christ, Thou Son of God, Thou glorious Lord of all,

Thou living One who once was slain, before Thy face we fall;

To Thee, O Lord, we look, to Thee ourselves we yield,

Be Thou throughout our earthly course our refuge and our shield.

 Though all around may change, no change Thou e’er shalt know,

The same art Thou upon the throne as Thou wast here below.

The same today Thou art as yesterday Thou wast,

The same e’en to eternal days as in the wondrous past.