“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV)
Where is God when we go through the process of the transitions in our lives? The Good News is that we experience God in a greater measure in the transitions. This is God’s Word to Joshua and the people of Israel as they were about to make a some major transitions. There was the leadership transition from Moses to Joshua, the geographical transition from the wilderness to the promised land. Moses’ assignment at this point in his life and ministry was to prepare this generation for the major transitions they were about to experience. God’s Word to Joshua and the people of Israel as they are about to go through the process of some major transitions consisted of commands and promises. He told them to be strong, courageous, do no fear or dread the enemy but know that the Lord is with them and He will never leave or forsake them.
I think that too often we rely on our own strength and when things get tough or uncomfortable we get stressed because we cannot always achieve what we desire. But when we involve the Lord, we get inner strength by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It gives us a spirit of boldness that handles situations that we could not handle in our own strength. The Lord stands by us and He supports us by filling us with a peace that goes beyond our understanding. God is the God who is there. He is Lord in the transitions. He is Lord of the process. When we walk through times of transition in our lives, He is right there with us walking along side us. He is going before us. He gives us the strength and the courage to face the process without fear, without being dismayed or overwhelmed. He sustains us by His presence and He encourages us by His promises. He assures us of His love for us through the power of Christ and He empowers us by His Spirit to grow thru the process.
Father, Your spiritual testing is always a growing experience and mature growth is what Your looking for, let me always be in the mindset that I am continually learning and growing in You as I go through the process of transition. As a child of Yours I should be constantly maturing in the Lord. I pray for confidence and pray for the strength that You only can supply as you take me through various trials, situations and shake me from my comfort zone. Help me to keep my eyes open for Your answers. They may not look like my expectations, but let me be sure that even when You answer with a weakening agent, You are working to strengthen my understanding, strengthen my faith, and strengthen my hope in You, in Jesus Name – Amen.
Contributed by: Pastor Yolanda Douthit
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