Shift Happens

The chilly air bites my fingers and toes as fall arrives in Central Texas. Seasons shift. Change is constant. Just about the time I figure out my phone, my job, my kids – something shifts and I have to figure it out all over again. Shift happens.

I don’t particularly like change while it’s changing. Once it’s changed and I see how awesome the fresh, new wonderful change is, then I love it!

But shift isn’t always easy or pleasant. Sometimes shift causes earth shattering, life altering change. Change brings unfamiliar, uncharted, unknown territory.

Here’s the challenge, place your shifting life into the hands of an unshiftable God!

How do we do that? I’m glad you asked:

First, realize God never shifts. He never changes. In the midst of everything else that changes in life, he remains the same. This bedrock, solid truth anchors our lives.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV

Next, understand that God’s word never shifts. The world is forever changing its ideas about truth. Nutrition and exercise advice changes. Philosophy and psychology changes with the times. People change their minds like they change their clothes. But God’s principles, his commandments, his ways, his words never change or become obsolete.

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35 NIV

Then, know God’s love never shifts. It’s hard to imagine because human love is always shifting, but God doesn’t love like we love. His love never fails. His love for you is unshifting.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Shift happens. Life changes and it’s hard to judge in the middle of it whether that shift is good or bad. When difficult, painful things come our way, it may be really healthy to shift our perspective.

Shift is often good, because God is good and God never shifts.