Daily Devotion

May 19, 2015

Dealing with Change (3)

“Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”        Ex 14:15 NKJV

With the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s chariots behind them, Moses told the Israelites: “‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’ And the Lord said to Moses…‘Tell the children of Israel to go forward’” (vv. 13-15 NKJV). Notice, God told the people of Israel two things. First, that He would fight for them. Second, that they must go forward in spite of their fear. When you face the unknown it’s normal to feel fear. But that’s when you need to put your trust and confidence in God! In order for Him to fulfill His promise to you, you must obey what He has told you to do. How should you deal with change? In three ways: (1) Focus on its long-term benefits instead of its short-term inconvenience. (2) Be honest with yourself about what you really feel and fear about the change, and take it to God in prayer. (3) Keep an open attitude toward new ideas, and refuse to be influenced by rigid thinkers. Stand on this Scripture: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left” (Isa 54:2-3 NKJV). God doesn’t change, but He moves! And in order to succeed, you must move with Him.