Living in Change

This is a post I wrote recently for the eNews called “Sundays’ Comin'” from Fellowship Reformed Church.

As I am in my office writing, I can feel the building shake and hear the rumble of bulldozers and backhoes. This is the sound of change and signifies a new chapter for Fellowship Church as we look ahead to the construction of a sanctuary, repurposing of the existing sanctuary, and expansion of the offices. As this work begins, I continue to be thankful and excited that we get to be a part of this work. I also recognize that this change, for some, can also be disruptive, offensive, or annoying.

I have been thinking about change and how it impacts us. This was especially true when I attended a class last week taught by a futurist named Lloyd Walker. During this one day class I was exposed to how people think about the future and assist their organizations in preparing for it. One phrase stuck out to me during the day, “Time doesn’t create change; change creates time.” A friend explained to me that time only exists when there is movement. Maybe this explains why we feel like we have so little time when our lives are filled with rapid change.

On Sunday, Pastor Brian shared how neighbors and leaders felt about the change they were seeing as the wall was being rebuilt around Jerusalem. They opposed this change because they felt it was a threat to them. We learned how Nehemiah faced this opposition by praying in an authentic way, persisting in the work by remembering the vision, and finding strength in the promises of God.

I was stirred up by the idea of finding strength in the promises of God. Our unchanging God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). This means that he is outside of time. How cool is that? While everything around us is moving so quickly, we have a God who is steadfast and has already won the fight. He did this by sending Christ, His son, into time and winning the fight for all time.

Let’s remember who God is and what he has done for us and, as we read in Ephesians 6:10-11, “…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

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