It goes without saying that the transition process is seldom easy. People generally don’t like change, as I have mentioned elsewhere in this series. Yet transition is the means by which the King moves us from where we are to where He wants us to be for the next phase of His will for our lives. Along the journey He will take us through various process points. That is the subject of this post.
Principle #5: Throughout the transition journey, the Lord will bring us to a number of process points.
A process point is a situation generally marked by delay, disappointment, and challenge. Things may not work out it the time frame you thought they should. The person you thought would help you out suddenly becomes disinterested in your situation. You may even find yourself suddenly experiencing an unusually difficult temptation. Yet each one of these situations is designed to prepare us for the thing the Lord is transitioning us into.
The Testing of Israel
In Deuteronomy 8:1 – 5 the Lord outlines the process points He took the children of Israel through in the wilderness.
1“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.
Every challenge they faced, whether it was a lack of food or no water to drink, was designed to reveal what was in their hearts as well as train them to trust in the Lord their God. Unfortunately, their typical response was somewhat less that what the Lord desired as we see in Psalm 106:13 – 15.
13 But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,but sent a wasting disease among them.
We have one of two options when we encounter these process points: whine and complain, or seek the Lord’s counsel. Israel most often chose to complain. The result of their complaining was the Lord’s displeasure and judgment.
When the Lord Remains Silent
During these times of testing, the Lord generally remains silent. If we turn to Him for counsel because we genuinely don’t know what to do, He will direct us. Generally speaking, however, He will only give us enough to point us in the right direction. If He says nothing, it is then time to respond in a way that is in harmony with His revealed character and the general principles of His Word, such as Joseph running from Potiphar’s wife. Standing on the side of righteousness is critical when we come to a process point.
It’s Part of the Journey
Process points are normal experiences along the journey of transition. Don’t let the enemy tell you that something is wrong. Constantly turn back to the Lord during these times. He is looking for you to depend on Him every step of the way. Responding in this way will prepare you for the next level of glory the King has for your life. This is how the King grows us spiritually 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.