Daniel, remember when you were put in the lions’ den?
Shadrach, remember when you and your friends were thrown into the fire?
Children of Israel, remember when you were bitten by poisonous snakes?
Lord Jesus, remember when they mocked you, spit on you, and crucified you?
These are extremes. But often, I am thinking about the things in my life that are bad: the things I want to change. I pray and ask God to change these things, or even to remove memories of the past because these bad things hurt. But when we are saying, “God change these things!” God is saying, “Child, I want to transform you.”
Child, remember when I shut the mouth of the lion? How did that honor my name?
Child, remember when I walked in the fire with you? How did that cause you to glorify me?
Child, remember when you looked at the snake for healing? Did you remember my goodness then?
Child, remember when I suffered and died, and absorbed all your sin an punishment? Did you know my love then?
This last week or so, I’ve been trying to change my prayer from “change these things” to “Change me on the inside through these things.” God wants to transform me, bringing honor to Himself, but in that, I become the person I am meant to be.