There is one thing about the Word of God: it does not gloss over the realities of human life. On the contrary, it exposes them in all their harshness and, at times, sheer pain and despair. In fact, with the exception of the first few pages of the Bible and the last few at the end, the Word of God paints a sorry picture of the human race. Paul was not exaggerating when he wrote: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23, NKJV).
Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. What warnings are there, as well as what promises?
In many ways, many of our actions in life are simply how we react to change. We constantly face changes; the challenge for us, as Christians, is to deal with them by faith, trusting in God and revealing that faith through obedience, regardless of temptations to do otherwise.
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall”. – Ellen G. White, Education, p. 57.
Those words were as true for ancient Israel as they were in Ellen G. White’s time, and as they are for us now.
What mistakes did the people in the following texts make in the face of change, and what can we learn from their mistakes?
Changes come, and they often bring temptations, challenges, and even, at times, fear. Thus, how crucial it is that we have the spiritual armor on to deal with them in the right manner. Again, regardless of whether the changes are unexpected or whether they are just the typical part of life, we need to be prepared for what’s coming, both the seen and the unseen.