Change (Exodus 16-34)
Change is as inevitable as each day is different than any other day that has ever been before it. Many people are uncomfortable with change. They are comfortable with life as it is and uncomfortable with the uncertainty of not knowing what to expect next. Others embrace change and even seek the thrill of the new and unknown.With this week's inauguration of a new President and administration, there will be a lot of changes. Some will be good, some will be bad, and some will be change just to be different from the last administration. Most change will be both good for some and bad for others. Many people are excited about the change, while many others are disappointed and have a lot of anxiety and fear about what may or may not happen in the next four years. We're "not sure what this world is coming to" as the saying goes. But… it's not the first time for a big change.
In this week's reading from Exodus, generations of the people of Israel are free from the slavery that has been all they have ever known. It changes everything about their lives. They have no idea where they are going, how to get there, or what they will do when they do get there. Now, THAT's change!
It didn't take long for those who were excited for a new future to lose that excitement of freedom. Most became anxious and began grumbling. They were worried that they may not have food and water for their family. They had been attacked by those around them. They lost faith in their leadership and were tired of waiting for things to get better. Sound familiar?
Change can be hard, but we know that some things never change. God doesn't change. His love for us never changes. His power over this universe and the eternal universe never changes. We also saw in this set of verses that God is a just and merciful God whose rules and laws teach us how to be good people, how to treat each other, how to help each other, how to make up for mistakes, how to solve problems peacefully, and how to be safe in a dangerous world. We also saw that God spoke to Moses as a man would to a friend reminding us that God wants a personal relationship where we can talk about our struggles. Sounds like things we need to remember today in our world.
In these uncertain times, we need to follow God more closely, pray more honestly, have greater faith in His power and majesty, trust more in His grace and mercy, have greater patience in His timing, have more trust in His plan for His children, and raise our hands to praise Him all day long. We don't need idols to lead the way through this life because we have the Lord of All to show us the way.
Timely reminders James, the only thing constant is change - true for the children of Israel as they left Egypt, true for sons and daughters of the Lord today. The anchor in the time of change is still the Lord.