by Kristine Brown
Change and I don’t get along well.
We battle. We fight. We throw words back and forth like siblings arguing over a favorite toy. But as much as I challenge change, it always comes back for more.
Change drives me into list-making mode. I weigh out the pros and cons of important decisions, trying to make the best choice for everyone involved. I agonize over it. I lose sleep because of it. I take the situation to God in prayer, but don’t often trust Him with the results.
Fortunately, we can look to God’s Word for guidance when facing change in our lives. One of my favorite women in Scripture knew how to handle change with steadfast wisdom and humble grace.
From her actions, we can learn to do the same. Her prayer recorded in 1 Samuel speaks volumes about her faith-filled heart and willingness to trust God.
“And Hannah prayed and said:
‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.
No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.’” 1 Samuel 2:1-2 NKJV
What bold faith! Reading these words Hannah prayed, we might assume all was right in her world. Without knowing what she was going through, we may think everything was just perfect. Because when things are good, it’s easy to trust.
But Hannah’s life wasn’t perfect. In fact, Hannah offered this prayer of praise to God as she said goodbye to her only child. Her long-awaited blessing. She was leaving her young son Samuel at the temple to be raised by Eli the priest. God had big plans for Samuel, and it involved a huge sacrifice for Hannah.
Yet in the midst of that heart-breaking moment, she pressed through the doubt. She let go of the what-ifs and uncertainty about the future. She placed herself in an attitude of rejoicing, thanksgiving, and praise.
She chose to hold onto God, her Rock and her Salvation. From Hannah’s example, we can take away this powerful truth:
As we learn to handle the changes that come, let’s remember to hold onto our unchanging God.
Even though I may not like change, I can face it with steadfast courage. I can even make peace with it. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” NIV
Today, let’s commit to handling uncertainty like Hannah did. Let’s stop challenging the change that comes and remember we have a God who is unchanging. We can praise Him for being our Rock and Salvation, even in times of change.
About the author: A communicator at heart, Kristine Brown teaches about God’s powerful, relatable Word. She is the author of Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. You’ll find Kristine’s weekly devotions and Bible study resources at kristinebrown.net. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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