One thing is certain in life . . . things change.
Some love it and others find it terrifying. I think most of us get excited about positive changes but just the thought of unpleasant changes can make us anxious.
If the season is difficult, hearing the words “this too shall pass” may be encouraging but if it’s a time of bliss, those same words will be unwanted.
Solomon spent much of his life looking at the world and the way people live. He determined that you and I need wisdom to live with change. Without wisdom, it’s too difficult to understand the “special seasons” of our lives.
There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 (NCV)
There is a time to be born and a time to die.
There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy and a time to build.
There is a time to cry and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones and a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it.
There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away.
There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together.
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.
There is a time to love and a time to hate.
There is a time for war and a time for peace.
The Life Application Bible Notes add:
Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing.
We need to go through change with wisdom.
So, there are two important truths you and I need to remember as we absorb Solomon’s words.
1. Although circumstances change . . . God never changes.
God is not a human being, and He will not lie.
He is not a human, and He does not change His mind.
What He says He will do, He does.
What He promises, He makes come true. Numbers 23:19 (NCV)
We can trust Him with the changes in our lives. He promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) He promised that His grace is sufficient in every circumstance. (2 Corinthians 12:9) He promised to supply every need in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) He promised to give us courage and strength. (Isaiah 41:10)
You and I can count on Him to keep those promises. “What He promises, He makes come true.” Praise God!
2. God is wisdom and He gives wisdom.
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:12
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. James 1:5
When you and I need the wisdom to manage seasons of changes . . . we can go to the One who is wisdom. He promises that He is aware of everything that is going on in our lives. (Psalm 139:1-6) He promises that we can take our concerns to Him because He cares. (1 Peter 5:7) And He promises that the wisdom He gives us is pure, peace-loving, gentle at all times, willing to yield, full of mercy, fair, and always sincere. (James 3:17)
When our changes are challenging, God’s unchanging love and wisdom promise to give us everything we need. Nothing is a surprise to Him. He goes before us and behind us. (Psalm 139:5) He has promised that we will never have to face the seasons of change on our own when we trust in Him.
His promises to prepare us and sustain us in and through every circumstance.
A Prayer for Seasons of Change
Father, Change can be inspiring and exciting. It can also be difficult and confusing.
This life is full of beginnings and endings, gains and losses, blessings and curses, things that work and things that don’t.
We are so accustomed to change it has become hard for us to understand that You are changeless. You have told us that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are everlasting. Your promises have always been and always will be true. Your will is the same for each generation.
Please forgive us. Forgive me. I can be so prone to worry and anxiety, stubborn and foolish. I need Your wisdom to guide me. Help me hold on to the truth that no change happens outside of Your knowledge. Help me remember that You are with me. Your perfect love and changeless grace surround me.
Keep me focused on You as I go through seasons of change. I believe You will give me everything I need in all circumstances. You are my strength, my hope, my peace. I thank and praise You. Amen.
If you are struggling in a season of change or anxious about the possiblity of one. Hold these two truths close to your heart and mind.
God never changes. He promises that He loves you and you can count on it!
God gives wisdom for today to those who come to Him and ask for it.
Whatever change God allows . . . He is with you. You are not alone.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
God be with you and bless you today, tomorrow, and always.
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