Where our first reminder is to manage our changes rather than try to manipulate them, and our second reminder is to trust in God and rely on our faith rather than allow our frustrations to get the better of us, the last reminder to keep in mind in seasons of change is…
During seasons of change (and always), we need to be thankful and grateful for all that we have and all that God has provided, rather than discontent or grumbling about our circumstances. “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God” (Eccl. 3:12-13 NIV).
What is the gift of God? The simple things in life are gifts from God: to eat, to drink, meaningful work, a rainbow, the sunset, friends and family. These are all gifts from God that, for the most part, are unaffected by our circumstances. Despite what may be occurring around us, we need to have the peace of God within us:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts … And be thankful… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:15-17 NIV)
Life is full of change. In fact, life IS change. And while oftentimes change can be unsettling and turbulent, when we keep things in the right perspective and work through the change, God can redeem that change for His purposes. So when you’re going through seasons of change, remember that change should be managed and not manipulated, or we miss out on what God has in store for us through that change. We must focus on our faith, not on our frustrations since we know that God causes everything to work together for good for those who love Him and we need to be grateful, rather than grumble during our circumstances because God is in complete control of our future if we yield our will to His and let His peace reign in our hearts…when seasons change.
The above article is part three of a sermon from a Pastor Wayne. You can find the storehouse of New Hope sermon notes here.
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