Autumn is revealing itself in nature’s colours, and the season of change spurs thoughts about change in our own lives. I’m convinced that being open to God’s sovereignty means being open to change. When we’re not willing to accept or believe for change, we’re simultaneously not accepting of, or believing that God’s plans and ways are above our own. In the Bible we meet David, who’s definitely seen some changes in life! We see him as the underestimated shepherd boy, giant-slayer, a musician, a valued member of the King’s court, a target threatened with death, an adulterer, a King, and a signpost to Jesus! Reflecting on God’s hand over his journey, he pours out in Psalm 40:
I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
(Psalm 40:1-4 NIV)
David’s confidence in God’s goodness is infectious! Being open to change can seem huge. But we can be open and expectant for God to instruct change through His Word, during prayer, or even while watching TBNUK! His Word is a living thing that can bring transformation wherever it goes. We can be bold, have tough conversations, extend forgiveness, or share the Gospel – and see the change it brings. We can pray with faith into hopelessness, calling on God to act. He is in the business of redemption and He is pleased when we draw close to Him. My hope is that as we all appreciate the changes in nature, throughout Autumn, we can appreciate our great God together, who is never-changing but always changing things for the better.