With changes come challenges and with challenges come opportunities. That change is inevitable is a reality in every day life. For many of us, we have seen dramatic changes in our life style caused by circumstances that have brought prosperity and/or adversity. Many of us have recognized the importance of seeking that spiritual stability that comes from trusting an unchanging God. He says … “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Mal 3:6).
This refers to the character or essence of God. He always remains a God of Love, a God of Justice, a God of Righteousness, and a God of Truth. He always knows all the facts, and possesses all power to administer and bring to pass His will. There is never a location in this universe that He is not present. How comforting that is in a changing world and in the changing circumstances of life. He is absolute stability and therefore His Word encourages and admonishes us to trust Him and fear not. Over and over the Scriptures remind us that to worry is not to trust God. Worry factors God out in resolving conflicts and addressing adversity.
If God already knows intimately our circumstances and conditions, and He does, should it not motivate us to rest in His provision, to seek His solution, and to cast our care upon Him? That is a demonstration of our dependency on Him and our humility before Him. In fact, that is what the Apostle Peter wrote … “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet 5:6-7).
Knowing that by nature many are worriers, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians … “stop worrying about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made know unto God and the peace of God which surpasses human comprehension will garrison your hearts in minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). That is how we are to deal with the changes in life, so that they become a challenge for us to trust our Heavenly Father and offer an opportunity to demonstrate His faithfulness before a world that does not seek God. When we do this, He is honored, He is glorified, and we are blessed with that inner peace that is divine in its source, and is the sole possession of those who are His by faith in Christ and who then rest in His unchanging promises.
The writer of the Hebrews challenged the Jewish believers in the first century not to fail in resting in the Lord. Persecution was mounting against Christians. The nation of Israel would soon face divine discipline for her rejection of Messiah. In just three years from the time of writing Hebrews, the Jews would be dispersed and the Temple destroyed. Jesus’ prophecy would come true … "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another which will not be torn down" (Mark 13:2).
Therefore, the writer of Hebrews makes an urgent appeal … “Now, God has offered us the promise that we may receive that rest he spoke about. Let us take care, then, that none of you will be found to have failed to receive that promised rest” (Heb 4:1).