Some of us cope well with change, and some of us don’t. For some people a move is an exciting challenge; they can hardly wait to see what is around the next corner. For others, moving to a new location is a frightening experience tearing them loose from all that is familiar and secure.
When I looked up verses in the Bible on this subject, I was amazed how many promises comfort and encourage people who have a big move ahead. For instance, when Joshua was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
In the book of Isaiah God encourages His people, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).
If you are facing a move that has you worried, remember that you are not making the change alone. God is with you every step of the way. When Moses was at Mt. Sinai in the desert with that huge group of people he was leading to their new homeland, he became concerned. God reassured him, “’My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here’” (Exodus 33:14-15). You don’t have to make your move without God either!
No move is too big a deal for God. The Psalmist wrote, “If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:9-10). What great assurance! The God who has been your security where you are now will be with you in your new location too. Just wait and see!
Are you going through change right now? How has this helped you?