Willing to change
We can’t avoid change in our lives. Without it, we can’t grow and become everything God designed us to be. Without it, we can’t leave our old natures and old habits behind and fully embrace the life that God has for us. When the people of Israel had turned away from God and refused to change their ways, He said: ‘I wish they were wise and understood this; I wish they could see what will happen to them.’ If we struggle with change, how do we become willing to change? The first thing to do is to acknowledge and accept that many changes will happen anyway, whether we like them or not. One author wrote: ‘The only thing certain about tomorrow is that it will be different from today…It’s a different world than it was twenty years ago, and it will be different in another twenty.’ A lot of these changes are things that are out of our control, so if we’re feeling worried about them, the best thing to do is to talk to God about our fears and ask to be filled with His peace. So what about the changes we can have some control over – the changes we can make in order to grow? The difference in who we are today and who we’ll be several years from now can depend a lot on three things: the relationships we build, the things we choose to read, and the time we spend with God. All these things can have a massive influence on our growth. The Bible says, ‘The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding’ (Proverbs 2:6 NIV). So let’s ask God for wisdom in those three areas – our relationships, what we read, and how we spend our time.
If you’re fearful of change, take some time to share your feelings with God. Ask Him to help you accept that some things are out of your hands, but that ultimately, He’s in control and can be trusted.
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