Monday, March 12, 2012
PREPARATION FOR CHANGE
“WARNING! Please fasten your seatbelts. You may not be ready to hear or read this message!” – E. Heramia
By: M. Munroe
GOD brings in seasons, and He takes seasons out. A wise ruler in ancient Babylon, skilled in interpreting seasons, wrote, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever, wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons…” (Daniel 2: 20-21a). According to Scripture, the responsibility of changing seasons is placed on God. Unfortunately, looking at events from a human perspective, we love to blame people for our problems, even in economic crisis. However, in reality, we cannot just simply blame Wall Street for the economic problems. Many things may have happened that were beyond anyone’s control. Financial and political leaders are not entirely sure what happened. Everything just went out of order.
History shows that every institution that we depend on can be shaken. The only thing that is not shaken is the Kingdom of God. Perhaps, this might be the purpose for the “shaking.” We depend on the government and economic systems for everything. God may have allowed all this economic turmoil so that we can stop looking to each other and start looking up.
Regardless of why change happens, the greatest protection against change is to … (prepare for it). For instance, it may seem weird, but in my mind, I have already buried some of my family members. I went through their funerals in my mind. I have thought about how I would feel. I have already thought of the arrangements that I would have to make. Is that Scriptural? Yes, it is. Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed and buried (Matt 16:21). He told them these things so that when it happened, they would not be offended. He was preparing them for change.
In this season of economic downturn, we are depressed because we never expected economic changes.
The lack of preparation is why so many people are depressed. Think about what you would do if God does not deliver you from the fire of difficulty.
Some of the faith messages that have been preached to us have been the source of some of our depression.
However, the type of faith that we should have is the faith of the three Hebrew boys in Scripture, when they addressed King Nebuchadnezzar. When the King threatened to throw them in the fiery furnace, they stated, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if He does not…” (Dan. 3: 17-18). That is the kind of faith that we need. Most preachers have not taught us this principle. What if you do not keep your house? Will you still trust God?
There are two things that never change – God and His promises. Everything else changes. Therefore, nothing is permanent except God and His promises. The key to note is that God also promises that nothing is permanent, and that there will be seasons (Gen. 8: 22).
We have to plan and order our lives according to God’s Word. We must prepare with God for whatever seasons may bring.
“GOD did not promise to give us an explanation for every great trials and difficulties that befall us, but He did promise that He will always be with us in the midst of them.” – Courageous (the movie)