Some transition periods are short, maybe lasting only a couple of weeks. Others are longer and may take years to complete. Regardless how long the transition process takes, we eventually come to a very important place in the journey.
Principle #6: We must rise up and enter into God’s “new thing” by faith.
Sooner or later the Lord will bring the transition process to a close. At that point we have to rise up and enter into God’s new season by faith. If we fail to do so, we will only prolong the transition process and delay the next thing the Lord wants to do in and through our lives.
An Unfortunate Failure
After leading Israel through the wilderness, the Lord brought them up to the border of Canaan. This was the land the Lord had promised their ancestors that their children would inherit. Now it was time for the children to rise up and take possession of it.
To prepare for taking over the land, they sent 12 men, one from each tribe of Israel, to go in and spy out the land. After 40 days they returned to report what they had discovered. They reported back that the land was indeed good and fruitful, but the people were strong and lived in fortified cities. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, encouraged the people to rise up and immediately possess the promise.
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30
The 10 other spies, however, gave a very different report.
31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” Numbers 13:31 – 33
Needless to say, their negative report did not inspire courage. The children of Israel were devastated. Had God really brought them out of Egypt just so they could die in the land of Canaan? They wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb, as well as choose a new leader and head back to Egypt.
The Lord was incensed at the bald faced unbelief of His people. He immediately judged the 10 spies who brought the discouraging report. He then sentenced His people to wander in the wilderness (the place of transition) for 40 years until all the unbelievers died off. Only Joshua and Caleb were eventually allowed to go into the land and possess their inheritance.
What happened here? Why did Israel react this way and fail to take possession of their promised inheritance? It’s really quite simple. They forgot!
They forgot that the Lord had utterly devastated Egypt in order to deliver them.
They forgot that the Lord led them through the Red Sea on dry ground.
- They forgot how the Lord sent them manna from Heaven.
- They forgot how the Lord brought water from the rock.
They forgot how the Lord enabled them to defeat Amelek in the wilderness.
In short, they forgot everything they had ever learned about the Lord during their transition period. That explains why they completely left Him out of the equation and failed to enter into their inheritance. They measured themselves by the size of the challenges in the Promised Land instead of measuring the challenges by the size of their God!
It Can Happen to Us
During the process of transition, the Lord will reveal everything about Himself that we will need to know in the new season He has for us. It is critical that we keep these things before us. That is why I encourage people to keep a written record of all the things the Lord reveals to them. This makes it easy to review them and keep them fresh in our thinking. Otherwise, the same thing can happen to us that happened to Israel. We can come up to the border of our new season and fail to enter in because we think we are inadequate for the task, completely leaving the Lord out of the picture. This will result in our transition process being extended while the Lord attempts to reinforce the lessons He has taught us.
Has the Lord brought you to the border of your new season? Rise up and enter in! Trust the Lord to be for you all that He has revealed Himself to be during the process of transition. He has instilled everything in you necessary for your new day. Rise up and enter into a new season of 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.