Our circumstances and our surroundings change frequently, but God is the same. Bronlynn shares how this comforts her.
“I the Lord do no change (Malachi 3:6).
I know many changes are good and keep life from becoming monotonous, but I usually don’t handle them too well. One of my favorite department stores has been completely remodeled, moving different sections around and displaying an ultramodern look. It may be more up-to-date, but I don’t like it–at least not yet! My nearest grocery store no longer carries many food items that I buy, which means more trips to other stores.
Fall is here and that’s a mixed change for me as well. The weather and colors are lovely but I can become down about the upcoming bleakness and coldness of winter.
Of course these changes don’t compare to the physical ones experienced through ongoing pain and illness. Chronic health problems require major life changes and are difficult to face. Even though I have lived with my problems long enough to have adapted, I still have moments each season when I struggle with changes. Many of them revolve around physical activities but some are also based on my environment and relationships.
The one constant in my life that is always positive and never monotonous is God. His character is eternally consistent and amazing. God is the same. Although He experiences emotions, He is not controlled by them. He is the One I can always run to when sorrow or emptiness overtake me. And just as He is faithful in being there to love and listen, He is also there to lift me up and help me become more flexible and positive about new situations.
There are some things about my pain that will always be difficult for me on earth. Yet God’s unchanging compassion, grace, strength, mercy, love, and forgiveness will always be there to carry me through. And I have the hope and certainty of knowing that whatever changes I experience throughout eternity will be good ones, praise God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, what a comfort it is to know that no matter how unstable my life or this world becomes, You remain unchanging. As I learn to adapt to difficult changes help me see the positive aspects of them, knowing that all change is under Your constant, divine control. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
Are you facing any difficult changes right now, illness-related or otherwise? How do you work through them? How does it make you feel to know the God is the same? What specific Scriptures God gives you to encourage you?
Wondering why you are going through a season (or two, or three) of suffering? We love this song, “The Same God” by Newsong. Take a moment to listen and following along with the very applicable lyrics. God is the same as He always has been!