It doesn’t take long to realize that nothing we see stays the same. A trip to the beach illustrates this as the coastline changes yearly.
Also obvious, is change in people. Don’t babies change seemingly overnight? Consider a high school reunion’s effect: “Tell me the truth, do I really look that old?” No one remains physically unchanged. No human always behaves consistently. Even the most dependable disappoint.
Some people experience change through betrayal or divorce. The sweetest relationships endure unintentional mistakes, and, inevitably, loss through death.
The Bible described a life-change: “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1 NIV) Job was enormously wealthy and had ten children.
Unknown to Job, God asked Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him.” (Job 1:8 NIV) Satan stated the only reason Job feared God was that God had blessed him. If you take away what he has, Satan suggested, he will surely curse you “to your face.” (Job 1:11b NIV)
God allowed Satan to destroy all of Job’s wealth, children, and health. After devastating loss, Job responded as follows: “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ (Job 2:10 NIV) In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
We wonder at Job’s faithfulness. Many struggle to cling to faith under far fewer difficulties. However, Job’s response to three friends who came to explain why he was suffering revealed his secret. (Job 19:26 NIV) declares, “ . . . after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” Job’s faithfulness was based on his understanding of God’s faithfulness, not on his own performance or ability to explain what was happening.
Job declared finally, “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.” (Job 42:5 NIV) This echoes the words of Jesus in (Matthew 5:8 NIV), “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” When change rips our faith away from things that won’t last anyway, our wandering hearts are purified by recognizing Who remains worthy of our faith. Our hearts are finally able to find rest in the absolute faithfulness of God.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
About the Writer:
Nan Haines is so grateful to belong to God’s people. She loves getting to know all kinds of people and enjoys discovering new places, which is a good thing since she’s moved twenty five times. She has been married to Jim, a pastor, for 34 years, and together they have four grown kids, a son in love, and three grand puppies.