What is change, and why does it affect us so much?
One simple definition of change by Merriam-Webster is “to pass from one phase to another”.
But still, change can mean many things. It can mean an increase in happiness. Just as well it could be the beginning of a great deal of sorrow. If change is happening all the time, it can even be a change to have no changes at all (wrap your mind around that!).
Whether a change is good or bad, stress and anxiety are usually involved. It’s more obvious when something terrible happens that we come under a large amount of stress, but what about happy moments? Think of a wedding day, or a child being born. Most of these events (God willing!) are joyous occasions, but still they can be incredibly stressful!
So what does the Bible say about times of stress, anxiety, or fear?
For one, we can look to the example of David when his enemies surrounded him. He prayed:
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
When we look in Philippians 4:4-7, we find a different kind of change.
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 every situation, 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.
Focusing our attention on the greatness of God, and his ability to set us free from our anxieties and fill us with peace, brings about a change we all desire and only He can provide.
We can expect change. Change will come. The only thing we can control is how we react to it.