3 Signs God Is Saying, “It’s Time for a Change”

Proverbs 6:6-11

Here are 3 signs that often mean God is telling you that it’s time for a change.

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1. If There’s Something You Know You Will Regret If You Don’t Try But You’ve Be Delaying It Because It Will Be a Massive Amount of Work, This Is a Sign God Is Telling You It’s Time for a Change

The hardest part of a long journey is the first step. When you look at that distant horizon you want to reach, it can feel so far from you that your feet get stuck in the quicksand of self-pity. Thoughts about the many unknowns ahead prevent your mind from doing what you know you could do to get just a little closer to your goal. Anything worth having will never be achieved easily. Hard work, over a long period of time, is always the equation for life-transformation.

Prayer and persistence – this is what we all need when our lives are not what we want them to be. Don’t get stuck in the prison of the present because you are so afraid of the unknown future. One day wasted in worry is another step closer to a life you will regret. One day spent walking towards your godly goal is one step forward to living a life free from regret. As Proverbs 6:6-11 teaches us:

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

2. If Something in Your Life Is Causing You Depression, Anxiety, or Some Other Mental Distress, This Is a Sign God Is Saying It’s Time for a Change

Are you shackled with golden handcuffs? “Golden handcuffs” is a term used in the corporate world that involves giving employees a package of financial incentives that make it difficult for the employee to want to leave the company. Workers often stay in jobs they hate and would otherwise leave because they are shackled by the financial safety this job is providing them.

This same principle can be seen in other parts of our lives as well. Sometimes you will live in a toxic home with family or roommates because you are saving so much money. Sometimes you will stay in a certain friend group because you don’t want to go through the loneliness for a while as you seek a healthier community. Sometimes you choose to stay single even though you long for a spouse because you don’t want to expose yourself to the rejection required if you look for a relationship.

Humans struggle to see the value of willingly entering into a season of pain because we lack the ability to see where our current path is leading us. When you get the right perspective, however, you will begin to see that no amount of benefits will outweigh the current pain your present situation is producing in your life.

By accepting that a change will slightly increase your pain in the immediate but will dramatically decrease your pain in the future, you can find the motivation to make the hard changes in your life you sense God leading you to make. As Romans 5:3-5 teaches us:

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

3. If There’s Something You’ve Mistakenly Categorized as “Need to Accept” Rather than “Work Hard to Change”, This Is a Sign God Is Telling You It’s Time for a Change

There are essentially only two healthy options when you face a problem in life: acceptance and change. There really are problems in life that you will have to endure. In these moments, we must accept our circumstances while finding our ultimate joy in Christ.

Philippians 4:4 states, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” This verse does not say to rejoice in your circumstances always, because circumstances always change. It says to rejoice in the Lord always. Jesus is always good (John 10:11); and he is always the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So we can always find our complete joy in him.

With that said, sometimes we mistakenly classify an issue as one that needs to be accepted when in fact there are actions steps we can take to change our unwanted circumstances. For example, if you are unhealthy and overweight, you don’t have to accept that. You can change your eating and exercise habits. If you are in a toxic relationship, you don’t have to accept this. You can confront this person and offer them a chance to change or you can leave them. You may have come to accept a dead-end job, but it’s not impossible to change your career.

All that to say, spend time praying about things you have come to accept and make sure there truly isn’t something you can do to change your circumstances. As Ephesians 4:22-24 states:

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

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Mark Ballenger

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