Change. The very word makes most people cringe. It means leaving something familiar behind in order to step into something new. People generally resist change like the plague. However, in the Kingdom of God, change is God moving us forward. He is always desiring to move us from one degree of glory to another, or from one divine assignment to the next. The Lord brings about change through something called transition. Therefore, I am going to spend some time examining the principles involved in God’s transition process.
Transition is defined as a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another. In short, transition is change. The movement of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt to the land of promise is a prime example of transition. We will find all the principles involved in the transition process as we examine their experience.
Whenever the Lord prepares to bring about a transition in our lives He allows our current circumstances to become uncomfortable and even oppressive.
This is certainly what we see in the experience of Israel in the land of Egypt. When they first migrated to Egypt, all the best of the land was open to them. They put down roots, raised families, and made decent lives for themselves. Then one day things suddenly got real uncomfortable.
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. Exodus 1:8 – 11
What had once been a peaceful existence suddenly turned sour. This did not happen because the children of Israel had done something wrong. The Lord was getting ready to move them out of Egypt and into the next phase of His plan for them. In order to do this He had to get them to the point where they were ready to part with their present circumstances.
The Way It Works
The way it works for us is likely not as dramatic, but the effects are very much the same. Here are some examples of what might take place.
You find the job you once enjoyed becoming progressively dull and boring.
A fruitful ministry suddenly becomes lifeless and ineffective.
You find yourself no longer enjoying the town you have lived in for several years.
You may also simply feel that a change is coming without any external factors presenting themselves.
These things are designed to make us uncomfortable with our current situation so we will more readily embrace the new thing the Lord desires to bring into our lives. Transition means letting go of the former things in order to take up the new.
However it works for you, if you find yourself becoming irritated with your current station in life, it may be time to ask the Lord, “What’s up?” You may be in the beginning stages of God’s transition process.
Transition is Normal
It is important to remember that transition is normal. As stated earlier, transition is God moving us forward. It’s how He takes us from where we are in life into the next phase of our walk with Him as we are living in the Reign.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.