My wife and I have recently been going through a transition. On November the eighth we brought our fourth child into this world. Though that has been a wonderful addition to our family, it still represents another transition.
Change comes in many forms and many fashions, and it takes the grace of God to enjoy every step along life’s pathway. Again, good or bad, negative or positive, sickness or health, prosperity or poverty, employment or unemployment, youth or old age, God will help us with our many transitions.
Consider the following verses from God’s Word that will encourage you along the pathway:
- When Joshua was taking over the leadership of Israel after the death of Moses, God said to him, Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Josh 1:9).
- The book of Malachi lies at the end of our English Old Testament. After that minor prophet exists 400 years of darkness between the Old and New Testament. In that time, God did not send the prophet and disrupted the inspiration of His Word. I would say that was quite a transition! But God said before that came to pass, For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed (Malachi 3:6).
- Jesus had spent three and a half years in the presence of His disciples. They worked together, ate together and prayed together. So the news of Christ’s ascension to Heaven after His resurrection must have rattled them down the bones, but before Christ was received up into Heaven in a cloud, He said to them, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matt 28:18-20)
- The writer of Hebrews wrote to dispersed and persecuted Jews. They had left the synagogue of the Jews and become members of the local church. Many of them were ostracized from both their families and their culture. Into Asia Minor and beyond went God’s people. That transition could have felt like the forsaking of their God, but the writer of Hebrews reminds them, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Heb 13:5-6)
You see, every transition in life is connected to a promise: God is with us! He cannot change, and He will not fail. Just at that point when you think you cannot make it, Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov 3:5-6)