Hating Change

Sermons

Change bothers some people. It can cause serious depression, anxiety and fear. The only thing that doesn’t change in the world is change itself. Not liking change is not a sin or something to be ashamed about it is a normal feeling and there are many Christians even that can feel this way. The difference between Christians and the rest of the world is that Christians do not have to be depressed about change because our main focus which is Jesus does not change. This is a very comforting attribute to Jesus to people who fear change:

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

When we are in Jesus we do not have to worry about change. This does not mean that certain types of change won’t make us sad. The death of a loved one is the hardest change that there can be in life, this type of change even made Jesus cry:

“33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept.” John 11:33-35

Death of a loved one, which is the hardest change, is not the only change that people do not like. Some people really do not like when the weather changes. It can bring about something called “seasonal depression”. Many times the changing of a season and certain things that go with it that the senses experience can trigger sadness from past memories. Sometimes just the fact that it gets dark earlier and the plants die and leaves fall off the trees can be change that brings someone sadness. Be of good cheer, we have a God who despite all of this stays the same:

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8

Sometimes it is the passage of time and the change in the months, years and decades that causes anxiety and fear in people. But none of this matters to God and when we know Him we can rest in the fact that it all means nothing to Him:

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

Watching ourselves or loved ones age can be another type of change that troubles people. But with the focal point being God we do not have to worry about this because He is the Ancient of Days and is not aging or declining:

“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” Daniel 7:9

The changing of governments and elected officials cause some people to lose their minds. We see that all of the time in the United States on every side of the political spectrum. As Christians we really do not have to worry about this change and again can rest in God on this:

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” Colossians 1:16

No matter what, even with all of these comforting Bible truths, change is still going to be hard for some people. For those who do not believe in God it is hard to imagine how they can cope with the nonstop change in this world. This is one reason why drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide rates keep going up. We serve a God who is above change and when we are struggling with change we can stop and ask Him to help us and He is always happy to help us when we humble ourselves before Him and admit that we need Him.

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

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