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Pages Between Us

“Abram's experience affirms that faithfulness is worth it, but it dares us to make bold moves.” By Captain Nate Hinzman

Since 2007, Apple released 42 versions of the iPhone. 42! We live in a constantly changing world: seasons, styles, gas prices. How can we ever keep up? 

Think back on the past year of your life. Place a checkmark next to any of the things that you’ve experienced: 

  • Graduated
  • Started college or transferred schools
  • Quit your job or found a new job
  • Moved to a different city
  • Left church or started attending a new church
  • Experienced a health crisis
  • Recovered from an illness
  • Entered a new relationship or ended an old one 
  • Got engaged
  • Got married
  • Had a baby
  • Lost a loved one

According to Bruce Feiler, the author of “Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age,” on average, everyone goes through a disruptive event every 12 to 18 months. Some of these events are drastic changes, which he calls “lifequakes” that result in significant life transitions. About half of these lifequakes are entirely out of our control, such as the loss of a loved one or losing our job, while the other half are things that we’ve chosen for ourselves, such as where we should live, what school subject we’ll study, what career to pursue or who to date and marry.  

Whether it’s meticulously planned or completely unexpected, change is inevitable.

Change can be exciting and complete with rich new possibilities. But we also know that change can be terrifying, gut-wrenching and painful. 

A familiar expression says, “There are only two things guaranteed in this life: death and taxes …” That sounds great! But what if I were to tell you that something else is guaranteed beyond a shadow of a doubt? God’s goodness never changes even when everything else around us does. 

Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!” 

What Does This Mean?

It’s the promise that the same God who spoke the universe into existence is the one who desires a relationship with you right here and right now, no matter where you are or what is looming on the horizon. 

How many friendships in your life have ended due to the passing of time, distance or simply because one person in the relationship has changed for better or worse? It happens! But the hope of an unchanging God is irresistibly beautiful. His love and pursuit of His children is not conditional nor determined by who we are or what we’ve accomplished. 

God is forever faithful—even in our moments of faithlessness. 

I’m constantly challenged by the call of Abram in Genesis 12. Here is a rich, successful man with a large family and many material possessions. For generations, Abram’s ancestors cultivated the land of Haran and built a comfortable life for themselves. But everything changed the moment God came to Abram with a request, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). God asks Abram to walk away from everything he has ever known and trust that He had something better waiting for him on the horizon. Put yourself in Abram’s sandals. God didn’t tell Abram the destination but said, “Leave,” and he would find out when the time was right. (Read Genesis 12-25 for the rest of the story!) 

When Faith Calls Us

Abram’s experience affirms that faithfulness is always worth it, but it dares us to make bold moves. 

Faith calls us out of our comfort. “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). 

Faith calls us into obedience. “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Genesis 15:6). 

Faith calls us toward God’s blessing. “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others” (Genesis 12:2). 

Not everyone may know the changes you’re facing in this season, but God does. And the truth is, He not only knows where you’ve journeyed from and what’s coming next, but He also desires to meet you where you are and remind you that you are not alone. 

How To Remain Faithful In Change

Choose Him Daily. Anchor your heart and mind in the promises of His Word and the evidence of His character. Spend time with Him and find comfort in His embrace.

Surrender Control. We like to have all the answers, but there’s a beautiful freedom in trusting the One who sees beyond what we can see. Pray for a willing spirit to trust in who He is and recognize who we are not. 

Lean Into Community. You don’t have to journey alone. Seek out people you can trust, who love you and are for you. Commit to sharing your story and pray for those experiencing a transition in their life. Community is a beautiful place to encounter people who will listen and provide Godly advice and accountability.

For Further Reflection


  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer


  • Faith Over Fear (Playlist) by Elevation Records

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