Read: John 10:7-18
People dislike change. The change we generally resist is the kind that we think will make our situation worse rather than better. People eagerly change jobs when it means higher pay and more influence. They move to a bigger house in a better neighbourhood. It is not change in general that people dislike; it is change that involves loss – physical, emotional or psychological.
Change is inevitable and necessary. If everything stays the same, no one is growing. But we have a good Shepherd who guides us through change and leads us to a better place. The journey may be difficult, as it was for the Israelites in reaching the Promised Land. They grumbled when their situation got worse rather than better (Exod. 15:24; Num. 14:2). But we have the example of Jesus. In a few days, He went from being very popular to being abandoned by all. The good Shepherd became the Passover Lamb. Because Jesus willingly went through suffering, God exalted Him to the highest place (John 10:11; Phil. 2:8-9).
Not all change is pleasant, but since we are being led to a better place by a loving God who loves us, we don’t need to fear it. Faith in Christ will keep us steady in the stormy sea of change.