Our family went through several moves early in his life. He did fine. While he was a senior in High School, our world came crashing down upon us, yet he sailed on, spending a lot of time in prayer, instead of fussing about the enormity of what was happening in his near perfect world. At the pinnacle of our family’s legal troubles, he surrendered to preach the un-searchable riches of Jesus Christ and has been faithfully and effectively doing the bidding of the Lord for these last 27 years! Okay, so I am a proud Papa!
Mary Shelley, the creator of the Frankenstein monster wrote about change and, in my opinion, aptly described the emotion associated with sudden change in our life:
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
Years ago, I read an article about marital breakups following a promotion! Certainly, some marriages breakup following a firing or lay off, but sudden, good or bad change, can lead to serious problems.
A life from wealth to sudden poverty has some debilitating effect, but the sudden trip from severe poverty to outrageous wealth seems have a more devastating effect on many. A glance or study of lottery winners has been touted in several news articles. Personally, I think I could handle such change!
The biblical manual for dealing with severe change is the book of Job. Forty-two chapters lay out the plight of a righteous man going change after change, yet through it all he stayed right with God. Here’s one of Job’s keys:
Job 1:21 And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD."
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”
The Hebrew title is lyyo-b, meaning Persecuted One.
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