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Change is normal. The green trees of summer are now trumpeting change as autumn leaves grab our attention with their rich tones of yellows, oranges, and reds. Scripture conveys that God “changes the times and the seasons” (Daniel 2:21). Change can be beautiful. Some changes can be painful, but the eventual outcome is rewarding.
The book of Daniel presents change in almost every chapter. In fact, some form of the word “change” is used 12 times in Daniel. Change for Daniel must have been painful: 1) leaving home as an exile; 2) being subjected to a new religion, culture, language, diet, and government system; and 3) maintaining the convictions of conscience under super political pressure. But the eventual outcome was rewarding for him and his people.
God handles change so beautifully, but how do we handle it? Resistance? Reluctance? Rejection?
Nebuchadnezzar faced change on numerous occasions—the revelation of a great metallic image, the Son of God showing up in the fiery furnace, de-throned from palace to pasture (eating grass in the field like an ox for seven years), and the humble return to servant leadership.
Scripture reports we can’t change our hearts, but God can. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23). Our only hope for changing our Nebuchadnezzar-like hearts of sinful pride is Jesus.
Right now our assignment is to daily feast on the religion, culture, language, diet, and political system of heaven. As we abide in Christ (John 15:5) we are forming characters for Jesus’ coming kingdom.
And Jesus promises to not only change these sinful hearts of ours, but He will change our vile bodies and fashion them according to His glorious body—and it will happen in a moment when Jesus comes (1 Cor 15:51; Phil 3:21).