October 2, 2011

Time for Transition

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 2, 2011

“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.”    Joshua 1:2

Death is a time for transition. It may be the death of a close friend, a parent, or a grandparent. Death is hard, and it is a time for pause. But grief is a bridge to transition. You may become the leader now, as responsibility is knocking at your door. It is up to you to walk by faith through the Lord’s open door into this new opportunity.
Do not let your lack of experience hold you back; your confidence is in Christ. Be very strong and courageous in Him, as He graduated your loved one or friend to heaven. He has left you behind on earth to carry out His mission. Divine destiny has created this inevitable transition to fine tune your faith.
Your struggle may be the death of a vision, or of a plan that you prayed over. You may have thought you were a lifer in this particular career, but situations change and people change. You grow in skills and abilities that may have been dormant ten years ago. Now God is tugging at your heart toward transition. His desire is transition based on truth, and the truth is, it is time for change.
Your family may need a break from your breakneck pace; so now may be the time for you to go out at the top of your game. Don’t wait until you are asked to leave, but choose to leave so another leader can build on your good work with his new and much needed leadership style. Everything is for a season. Your winter of discontent is about to bloom into a spring of contentment.
You may need to preside over a funeral of bad habits. Bury them deep into the soil of your Savior’s love and forgiveness. Let the strong hand of the Lord lay them to rest; make His confidence your confidence. Receive God’s encouragement as your strength for life’s journey. God is walking with you on this path of change; so do not fear, because your heavenly Father is not far away. Your intimacy with Almighty God is your energy for living. Tap into His truth often—especially during transitions—and trust Him with this life change. His transformation of your character is a terrific transition. But it requires a lifetime of surrender and obedience to Him.
Lastly, death is a time of transition to heaven. Life is preparation for death and is one big transition toward your eternal reward. Because of this, it matters how you invest your time and money. In whom are you investing your wisdom and discernment? Who will model the principles for successful living that God has imparted to you as a wise steward? People are your greatest investment.
One day you will transition to heaven, and part of the reward you receive from the Lord will be the people you influenced for God. Therefore, use your ultimate transition as your present motivation to pour God’s wisdom into people. People need time and truth; so train them in the ways of God. Stay teachable yourself so you are fresh in your faith, and be mentored so you can mentor. Let your life of transition point to your trust in God.
The Bible says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
Taken from the October 2nd reading in the 365 day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God
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  1. Kimberly says:

    Wow … I’ve really enjoyed your messages over the last few months. I am amazed at how many times they are so right on … like today … it was 3 years ago today, Oct 2, 2008 that my husband passed away so unexpectedly leaving me and our 5 children to travel this life’s journey alone. But we are never alone for as you said,
    “…God is walking with you on this path of change; so do not fear, because your heavenly Father is not far away. Your intimacy with Almighty God is your energy for living. Tap into His truth often…and trust Him with this life change.” The hardest thing we could ever walk through has also be the most transforming for me. I can totally testify “His transformation of your character is a terrific transition. But it requires a lifetime of surrender and obedience to Him.”

  2. Marilyn Gaines says:

    thank you for this wonderful bit of wisdom… we opened this up this after finding our dear mother had walked into the arms of Jesus this morning… How wonderful the gifts God hands us… one being this devotion to assure us He is with us during trying times… Now as this leader of our family moves on we shall be the ones to lead with faith for the family to move into our ‘Promised Land…

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