How do we react to change? We either feel threatened by it and fail to adjust to it, or we embrace it. Personally, I don’t find change easy, but I know it is necessary.
Change is often good, but some things never change, and neither should they. God, for instance, is unchanging – as is gravity, the sun, moon and stars; the nature of God’s love for us; God’s word and his commands.
When the world messes around with that, we lose our inner compass and our direction feels out of focus.
As we look at the world today, it seems like everything is upside down. Things we have taken as normal for centuries are now considered weird, out of touch, even bigoted and stupid. Right is wrong and wrong is right.
Once you play around with the foundations of a building, you make the whole building unstable. Truth becomes relative; it’s your truth and my truth that counts, not what the facts are.
The Bible says, “Thinking themselves wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22)
There is a saying that there are none so blind as those that don’t want to see. When a person can’t see, they can be excused. However, when they choose not to see and are willing to be tossed around by every wind of doctrine and philosophy – then they are bound to end up delusional.
I remind myself every day to trust in the Lord. However, there is something that has been troubling me recently. It is the fact that I am troubled.
In John 14, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled,” but Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
How can I not be troubled when I see what is happening in the world; when I see what is happening to our friends in Ukraine and other conflict-torn nations, and understand that the devastation being wrought is caused by evil?
Did Jesus give us an instruction that is impossible to follow? Surely not. No, we must learn to separate what is of the spirit and what is of the flesh.
Jesus suffered in the flesh, he felt pain in the flesh, and he wept over Jerusalem in the flesh. Yet in the spirit, Hebrews 1:9 says, “God has anointed him with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Jesus suffered physical pain for the joy that was set before him.
So, in the flesh we can mourn and experience pain, but inwardly our spirit can rejoice.
2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
There is no contradiction. We can be troubled in the flesh, but Jesus said, “In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good courage for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
So, we can rejoice in the spirit as we look forward to that day.
To sum up, we must stand with those who hurt and give them comfort, but we must never forget that the suffering of this present age is not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.
We can cope with anything and everything when we know the final outcome.