Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | August 6, 2012

New Creations – Change is Good So Why Do We Resist It?

No Change PleaseA lot of people hate change.  They oppose it even if in the end it is good for them, their family, their business and themselves.  I believe it is really not the change that is scary but the fear of the unknown.  The Bible has many places that change was resisted even on the heels of situations that far exceeded the current challenge of something different.

One of the biggest examples of change resistance was when the Hebrews followed Moses, led by God,  from a life of slavery under the Egyptians yet grumbled that the change was too hard.  “I know you saved us from sure death by parting the Red Sea.  We know you have fed us in the desert every day with manna from heaven, but really God we want a little meat!”  “If you are going to let us starve, you should have left us back there in our bondage!” (paraphrase of course Exodus 16 and 16:3 !)  Although we marvel at the lack of vision of those Godly people, we are more like those first freed slaves than we like to admit.

Our version of desert complaining may sound like this:  “I know I just got this new car and it has a great stereo with music playing all around me, but I should have stayed at work if I was going to run into this much traffic!”  Or “If my kids would just stop asking  me to watch them shoot hoops, I can use this ton of food in my pantry to make dinner!”

Remember the blessings of our life are often in the trials.  James writes “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1: 2-3.  Dealing with changes and adversity builds strength and leads us to a much better situation almost every time.

Christ gave us the ultimate change when he died for us BEFORE we made a change-  “While we were still sinners Chris Jesus died for us.”  Romans 5:8.  But the result of our change through the work of Jesus is glorious!  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17  
That change in us was free, not work, only grace.  When we have to change our plans, or face adversity, let’s do it with praise and thanks. Who knows, maybe manna will be the   next big diet secret!

Next time you are resistant to change, think about the change from unbeliever to believer with the benefits that far, far outweigh the trials.  Gods love changes us, let it!

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