Remember the Jimmy Buffett song from last week
These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes,
Nothing remains quite the same.
Through all of the islands and all of the highlands,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
Our joy cannot be based on our circumstances, which change all the time. Our joy must be based on our relationship with God, who never changes. Consider this:
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- God is in control and His promises never fail.
- God’s Holy Spirit lives in us, so He is always with us, even in changing seasons.
- Paul doesn’t say, don’t be anxious about some things, but anything! That’s so…so….so inclusive!
His word says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Not some things, not most things, but in all things. Even my divorce Lord? Yes, child, even then. Losing my Mom 2 weeks after I moved back to Ohio from Arizona during the divorce? Yes, child. What “good” can come from divorce and death? He used my divorce to bring me home to Ohio, so that I could be with Mom before she died. She helped me get a home, a car and get set up in a new life in church with my two little girls. She gave me strength to press on and be strong in the Lord. What good came from her death? It ended years of suffering from congestive heart failure. Her death allowed her to receive her reward.
Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Losing my own personal cheerleader, marriage, home, and life as I knew it, continued to drive me closer to God, to hold to Him, because He was all I had. When God says don’t be anxious about anything…He means everything!
Changes going on in your life are important to Jesus, and He wants you to talk with Him about them; He wants our peace as we trust in HIM.
How’s your attitude about change?
Jimmy Buffett ends with:
Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder,
So I can’t look back for too long.
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me,
and I know that I just can’t go wrong…