Change can best be described as making something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone. Ovid states: All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Job 14:13-14 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Job’s three friends came to comfort him, but they ended up criticizing him. Mortal human beings are far too ignorant to understand fully the ways of God. For us to fit God into our own little “theological boxes” is to limit Him and make Him less than God.
Job appeals for sympathy. His friends did not show love and understanding; to them Job was a theological problem, not a suffering saint. Job then appeals for a chance to confront God. Job appeals to his basic integrity. He denies that he is secretly a sinner. He knows his own heart. He appeals to his faith in God. Yet God seemed to have abandoned Job. He then appeals to die. He asks God to hide him in a grave; a place where he can find rest until the situation had past and that God would remember him.
Today you might be in the midst of some of life’s unfortunate storms. Like Job the storms may not be a result of anything you have done or even brought upon yourself. Maybe you have sought help, counsel or support from friends and can’t find any love or understanding. As we read in Job some events in life are for an appointed time. In other words trouble will not last always. Job realized that even in death there is a change. All the days of our life are in God’s hand and when we are facing the storms of life, whether physical, spiritual, mental, emotional or even financial.
One of the most inspiring individuals I have read about is Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President. He was the youngest president in U.S. History. As a child he was weak and sickly for many years. While being confined to the indoors he developed a love for reading and learning. Upon entering the presidency, Roosevelt had established a style of his own that he retained throughout his life. He was a reformer. He challenged convention to achieve what he believed to be morally right. He handled controversy well, a trait essential for someone with his thirst for quick action. He had learned to adapt to change.Franklin Roosevelt says “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Today if you are suffering any hardship, be encouraged this too (name it) shall pass. And like Job, wait for your change to come. I’m waiting for my change !! So let’s wait together. Be Blessed. God loves you and so do I….Pastor Tammy