Fortunately, transition doesn’t last forever. It eventually comes to an end. It’s in that moment that all the lessons we learned along the way come into focus. All of a sudden the journey becomes worth it.
Principle #7: The Lord will eventually bring the transition process to an end by bringing us into our “new day.”
The aim of the entire transition process is to move us out of one place into another. From the moment our previous circumstances become uncomfortable, through all the ups and downs along the way, the Lord is seeking to bring us into a new level of glory.
The Book of Joshua
This is the focus of the entire Book of Joshua. After Israel failed initially to enter their Promised Land (Numbers 13 & 14), they wandered for another 40 years in the wilderness. This was so all those who refused to believe that God could give them the land would die off. Only the two who had faith, Joshua and Caleb, were allowed to go in. Led by Joshua, the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter a new season. What did they discover?
A New Territory
After decades of possessing nothing in the wilderness, Israel suddenly found themselves in a new territory with precisely defined borders. This was the land God had promised to their father Abraham (Genesis 15). Now it was up to them to explore it and discover all the riches it contained.
It is the same for us when God brings us to the end of our transition process. We will suddenly find ourselves entering a new place carved out just for us. It could be a new job, a new ministry, or simple a new assignment. Whatever it is, we need to explore it thoroughly in order to enjoy it fully.
A New Authority
Authority is the permission to act. When Israel entered the Promised Land, they had the permission from God to make it their own. Their ancestors had not been given this permission. But now to Joshua the Lord says,
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” Joshua 1:3
By the same token, God’s new season for our lives comes with God’s permission for us to act confidently within the borders of our new territory. We can enter in boldly, knowing that the Lord will stand behind us as we act in obedience to Him.
A New Anointing
The rag-tag bunch of wilderness wanderers were given the assignment to go in and dispossess the people living in the land of Canaan. How could they ever do that? The people of the land were large in stature and lived in fortified cities. Nevertheless, the untrained army of Israel went in and won one victory after another. The only explanation is because of the power of God resting on them. They received diving enablement, also known as the anointing, to wage a successful warfare.
The Lord never asks us to do things we could do in our own strength. As we enter our new season, we could find ourselves a bit overwhelmed by the challenges that face us. We need not fear, however. With the new season comes the necessary anointing of the Holy Spirit that enables us to function successfully within the borders of our new territory. That is why, at the end of the day, the Lord gets all the glory. Without Him we could do nothing.
All through the wilderness years the Lord had supplied Israel with manna from Heaven. Every morning the people could gather their necessary provision for the day. Once they crossed into the Promised Land the manna ceased (Joshua 5:10 – 12). This was because the provisions in the land of Canaan were more than sufficient to sustain them.
The Lord will also make sure we have more than enough to sustain us in the new season He transitions us into. Even though previous sources of provision may dry up, He will always make sure new provisions come our way. He will never leave us lacking.
We have come to the end of our series on the transition process. I hope you have found help and encouragement through what has been shared (you can go here to find the entire series). Remember, regardless where we find ourselves in the process of transition, we can be sure the Lord is with us every step of the way. All we have to do is keep following. The process will one day come to an end. Then we will experience the joy of rising up to possess our promised land. Possessing our possessions is part of the victory we experience while 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.