Dealing with Change
Previously we looked at several questions around ‘What will normal look like post lockdown?’ I hope you have had time to think about what things you might want to leave behind from your pre-pandemic life.
Rob wrote about the questions many people are asking about God’s plans for their lives: Questions about direction.
Whatever your answers are to the questions in the last two post, the last 18 months has forced change upon us. However, change is always with us. Many changes in our lives are the normal cycle of events through life: births, deaths, growing up, having children, children leaving home. These are the seasons of our lives which are summed up in Ecclesiastes 3:1
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.’
How we deal with change
How we deal with change is very important. We can be so wrapped up in our lives that we don’t see the changes, or we ignore the changes. But how we deal with changes and our attitude towards them can be important in building character. Rob recently spoke about David’s character and the changes that happened in his life from shepherd boy to anointed King.
There are many stories in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, where God stepped in and changed people’s lives. Often these changes had a significant impact not only on the life of the person but on the history of Israel.
You may like to look at some of the stories. The changes that happened in for example the lives of Moses, Esther or Ruth were not to be expected. However how they dealt with those changes are well worth looking at.
Moses met with God and was charged with freeing the people of Israel from the Egyptians.
Esther risked her life to save her nation.
Ruth followed her mother-in-law to a foreign land and changed the course of its history.
As you read the stories you might like to consider these questions
What do these stories tell us about character?
How important is obedience in the lives of these 3 people?
What is the importance of God’s timing?
How can God turn bad situations in life around?