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The word change means to cause to turn or pass from one state to another; to vary in form or essence; to alter or make different. Change is an inevitable reality that each of us must come to grips with. As we become older and wiser, hopefully our thoughts, words, and deeds are prioritized and performed differently. What was important at two is usually not of the same importance at twenty-two. The single item that is always of significance is oxygen, water, and food, every thing else has varying degrees of significance. Today we lift an event from the pages of the Old Testament as a back drop for conversation today. Remember, change is a constant, but God is the ultimate change manager.
2 Samuel 7:1-3 (NKJV) 1 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around, 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” 3 Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
2 Samuel 7:12-13 (NKJV) 12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
Malachi 3:6 (NKJV) “For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (NKJV) 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
We uncover a great paradoxical truth. Change is hell. Yet not to change, to stay on the path of slow death, is also hell. The difference is that the hell of deep change is the hero’s journey. The journey puts us on a path of exhilaration, growth, and progress.
2 Samuel 7:8-9 (NKJV) 8 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
Preservation of his legacy
2 Samuel 7:16 (NKJV) And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever