Over the past 2 years I have no doubt there have been some changes occur in your life. Major changes for some, minor changes for others, but still change. With change also comes new.
New job. New town. New school. New schedule. New relationships.
All of these different types of change take time and energy to become acquainted with the reality of the newness. Every change has the ability to shape and mold your life to be better or to be worse. Life is full of changes and new adventures that are unexpected and sometimes unwanted. What can we do when we are unsure what our next step should be? How do we respond when life doesn’t seem to have a clear path to take? How do we live our lives when newness and change is constantly around every corner? Hi, Im Haley King the new Children and Family Ministries Coordinator at Coats Baptist church and I am currently in that season of change.
In the past month I have taken on the scariness of those two words, new and change, in pretty much every area of my life. On August 6th I accepted the job at Coats Baptist Church. On August 7th I got married. On August 15th I moved to a new town. The rest of the month of August I experienced new routines, new friends, new responsibilities, and a new marriage. With all of the changes and newness that has consumed my life, it is easy to let things like doubt, worry, or fear creep in as well. But I have had an overwhelming amount of peace, that I know God has so graciously provided me during this season of my life. God promises all of His children this same peace. As I talk to you today, I want to share three promises of God that I have clung to during this season of change.
Promise number one, God is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) states “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” This verse reminds us to hold fast to our heavenly inheritance, without giving way to any doubt and fear that the changes in life might threaten us with. I’ve always found such peace in the assurance of my salvation and the faithfulness of God that comes with it. God promises us that He will be faithful in our lives no matter what, so what do we have to fear?
Promise number two, God will give you wisdom. This is the promise I have to constantly preach to myself daily. It is so natural for us as humans to beat our selves up and let the devil creep in to tell us we are not good enough or smart enough to do what God has so clearly put before us. But God gives us a promise that tramples that fear. In James 1:5 (ESV) it says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” God’s promise to you is that he will equip you with the wisdom that you need in order for you to accomplish the task or role He has placed you. This applies to anyones life, not just people in the ministry. God will give you wisdom to handle a difficult boss, a toxic friendship, your marriage, your kids, a family member, or maybe a personal battle. Our all-knowing God promises to give you wisdom to handle anything life throws your way, all you have to do is ask.
Promise number three, you can trust God with your life. If you are anything like me, I struggle to trust people. Sometimes it is hard to trust whether someone has your best interest in mind or their own. God promises us that his intentions and desires for our life are pure. In Jeremiah 29:11 He tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jesus Christ has an overwhelming love for you and desires nothing more for your life than to prosper. In order for that to happen though, we have to give up the reigns and trust Him with our lives.
God’s word is full of promises that He makes to His children. So how do we answer the questions asked earlier? What can we do when we are unsure what our next step is? How do we respond when life doesn’t seem to have a clear path to take? How do we live our lives when newness and change is constantly around every corner? Every single promise of God does more than answer these questions. If you truly live on God’s promises that He has given to every believer all of those questions will turn to statements.
I will trust God when I am unsure what my next step is.
I know God is faithful even when life doesn’t seem to have a clear path to take.
I will ask the Lord for wisdom for the newness and change around every corner.
It is inevitable that change will happen in your life, but it is up to you in how you choose to respond and navigate that change. I encourage you to choose to live on Christ’s promises. Let God work His promises out in your life. He is so trustworthy to keep them.