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How to Cope with Unexpected Change

How to Cope with Unexpected Change

When we are insecure, our first reaction to change is almost always negative. We resist change.

Resisting change seldom works because change is inevitable. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not. You can’t stop growth. You can’t stop change. Sometimes we resent it. And sometimes we just ignore it, pretending it doesn’t exist and resenting it.

The older we get, the more we want security, and anything that shakes our comfortable nest threatens us. We don’t like things to be unpredictable. We don’t like things to change. We want to know exactly where it’s going. We want everything to be programmed, right in place. If anything comes up that is a surprise, we resent it, because it gives us that feeling of uncertainty. So we complain and criticize and we gripe and we grumble.

Change always produces stress. Even positive changes. Negative things like an illness, death, divorce, getting fired from your job, or uprooting your family to move to a new location cause stress. But even positive changes cause stress: a wedding, a baby, a graduation, a promotion, or a personal achievement. Any kind of changepositive or negativecan cause stress in your life.

We might begin to wonder, is there anything permanent in life? Yes, there is. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

While everything else is changing, Jesus remains changeless. All that Jesus Christ was yesterday that we read about in the Bible, he is today. And all that he is today, he will be tomorrow. And he is already in your future. God is not limited by time. He’s past, present, and future. When you get to the future events, he’s going to already be there. That’s comforting because I know whatever change I go through, he’s going to be there ahead of me.

You will never fear the future if you’ll remember and focus on three unchangeable facts about God. If you’ll build your life on these three truths, you’ll have no problem coping with change. You’ll have no problem dealing with the fear of the future. These truths are unchanging—they never change. They’re immovable—they cannot be shaken.

1. God’s love for you will never change.

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” It is permanent, so you can build your life on it. God’s love for you will never change. When the winds of change are blowing everything away and everything is being uprooted, we need little rocks that we can hold onto. The love of God is the first rock you need to hold onto when change comes.

2. God’s Word will never change.

God’s Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So build your life on God’s Word. Psalm 1:19 says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

The fact of the matter is, the Bible, God’s Word, has stood the test of time. It has managed to stay, in spite of all the cultural changes and all the differences for thousands of years. And it’s still relevant. It has been attacked by dictators, ridiculed by critics, burned, and outlawed. But it’s outlasted all those people. It is permanent.

3. God’s ultimate purpose will never, ever change.

He has a plan and he is working it out. The fact of the matter is that God is at work in human history. He has an ultimate plan for our lives. Success is discovering what God made me forGod’s plan for my lifeand getting right in the center of itliving in harmony with God’s plan which never changes and God’s Word which never changes.

You cannot control your future, but you can put your trust in these three truths that are certain.

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