The only One who isn’t affected by the changing scenes of life is our heavenly Father, the Creator of the entire universe (Heb. 13:8; James 1:17). You and I, on the other hand, experience change every day of our lives. We hope these changes will result in positive life transformation.
For the past few weeks, I have been researching the lives of people who struggle with addiction and why the process of transformation is so hard for most of them. I found that transformation always comes with a price. A person addicted to either a drug or a behavior depends on it as a way of escaping from something. For the change to take place, the individual must have enough hope and an inner desire to change. They also have to be willing let go of whatever is holding them back.
The Bible gives us many examples of people who were required to let go of something they thought they loved in order to achieve change. Following God requires great surrender and deep change. Moses was born a Hebrew yet raised as an Egyptian for 40 years of his life under the care of Pharaoh’s daughter. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” But a time came in Moses’ life where he made a major life decision to change the path that was ahead of him. When God called Moses, I believe he was afraid. He was reluctant to embrace the change God was asking of him. He said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Ex. 3:11). Moses knew he needed to go through an internal change before he could reach out to anyone else and in his case, the people of Israel.
What change might God be asking you to make today? Like Moses, are you shrinking back, afraid to take the next step? As believers, achieving transformation isn’t just up to us. Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” We can rest assured that even when we do not see positive change in our lives, God is doing a work inside us, a work that is guaranteed to be completed through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is our job to surrender to God’s will for us.