"'Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities! I've come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I've come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt and confront!'" Luke 12:48 and 49
He's talking about a kind of change I can only imagine! I long for that kind of change; the change that will take place when He's going to come into his final kingdom.
I found this one completely reassuring...
"...There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn't change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he's always totally himself." Hebrews 13:7
"...always totally himself." That's good stuff.
And this one reminds me of how merciful He really is and how change can be an awesome thing!
"Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change." 2 Peter 3:8
To change, to make that choice to accept Christ, to become more like Him daily, to forfeit all we have for His glory, now that's the kind of change I long for.
Finally, I searched for irritation/aggravation (just for grins and giggles...and to see if God addresses those contemptible feelings...hah!), and this verse put everything into perspective. I adore when God does that. It's like He's saying,
"Yes, Joy. It's been there all along. I've been here all along. Soak it in, Beloved. Listen to My voice. Hear the words that will calm your spirit, and know that I AM."
"What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole.
I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory." 1 Peter 1:3-7
So, soak it in. Breath in His peace. And know that "the future starts now...[and] the Day is coming"!!! Now, I know I can get a "hallelujah!" ;)
Change schmange. I'll get through those adjustments, those modifications, one day at a time knowing that God asks me "to put up with every kind of aggravation" because His Day is coming and this new life He's given me is leading up to my future with Him. A future that is with the One who never changes...not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow. Amen!