On Change and Loss

These past few weeks have been pretty rough if I’m being totally honest. They’ve brought confusion and pain and loss and heartbreak and anger, all within a couple days. Things change quickly and sometimes there’s no stopping it. It can be difficult when life turns to chaos and there are no answers to be found. It seems that even small change at times can be upsetting because it comes at a loss of the familiar and the comfortable.

So where do I find constancy? Where can I go to where things don’t change and I can be confident in the future? Well, not really anywhere in this world. But there’s hope beyond the temporary things of life.

God says in his word that he remains the same no matter what. We can have confidence that in times of chaos, he will never change and will always love us.

Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The Holy Spirit is our comfort in our trials and pain. Holy Spirit is called the Comforter by Jesus in the gospels multiple times. In one of my favorite parts of Romans, Paul talks about how when we have no words to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us to God.

Romans 8:26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

God is the only sufficient source of comfort. There is no doubt about that. All throughout scripture we see servants of God looking to him for comfort, endurance, and healing.

I want to encourage you to look to Jesus when the things in your life are too heavy and too painful to bear. There is no idol, no vice, no person which can comfort, numb, or distract you from the all pain that sin has brought into this world. There is no avoiding that it effects all of us. But there is a God who hears your cries. He promises comfort. He promises healing. He promises that one day, there will be no more suffering for those that belong to him.

Revelation 21:4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

For those in the midst of loss and pain, take heart. God is good. He loves you and he wants to strengthen you to endure and to comfort you.

For those who are not currently experiencing such things, thank God. Seek out the hurting among who you know and tell them about God, bear their burdens and be Christ in their life. This is vital to living our calling as the Church.

Love you guys! Have a good week!

Andrew