Change Can Be Enjoyed
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7
Key Verse: John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This whole month has been about change and where God is amid it. This week we’ve tried to see how to enjoy change. This is not always easy for us. When Jesus told His disciples that He was going away for a while, they reacted as we would have: “Why? Why change a good thing?”
Jesus knew all the facts. The disciples only knew a few. Jesus knew that they (and all future believers) needed Jesus’ Spirit living in them, not just walking beside them. Only a few had the privilege to walk beside Jesus. All would have the opportunity to enjoy His eternal presence in them when Jesus went away. Jesus’ departure meant the Holy Spirit would come into the world. Only Jesus could know the power and joy of that event. So, the disciples had to learn a lesson: Do not let your “hearts be troubled.”
Can change truly be enjoyed? Yes, if you choose God’s peace over troubling thoughts. Change is hard because it almost always causes “troubling thoughts” about our future. The comfort of routine is to know tomorrow will look like today. Change does not bring this comfort! The Holy Spirit will help us, guide us through change, and give us peace amid change. Our joy is not so much that we ever will like change, but that we’ve learned to lean on and trust the Holy Spirit as we walk through change. It can be an exciting adventure!
Father, I want to get to the point that changes don’t throw me into doubt and depression. Grant me peace as I learn to trust you when I can’t see you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.