Another month is passing us by, and we are still in this holding pattern, this pause, these parenthesis around the COVID-19 time in our life. We have been through and will continue to go through transitions and changes—we truly don’t know what is ahead with this pandemic, but I think we can anticipate more change.
Lots of times we don’t like change. Yet change is everywhere—and if we think about all the changes we have experienced in our personal lives over the years, we will see that change is not just part of life, change IS life! It is just inevitable. The only thing that is unchanging is God Himself. His character and his love never change, but God Himself is in favor of change!
Why do I say that? I say it because when you think about it, our God is a God of new beginnings—and new beginnings are often the result of some kind of change.Consider these things that become new in Christ:
- we have a new covenant (Luke 22:20, 2 Corinthians 3:6)
- we have a new commandment—to love one another (John 13:34)
- we have new purpose (Romans 8:29, Matthew 16:15)
- we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- we are given a new name (Revelation 2:17)
- we are to put on the new self (Ephesians 4:24)
- we have new birth (John 3:1-8)
- we walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4)
- there will be a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1)
- God gives us new mercies every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24)
I especially like this from Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing: Now it springs up
Do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
When we think of change, let’s focus on newness and that God will be in the newness helping us embrace it. We can let go of the old to grab hold of the new. Do I hear you saying Amen?