Devotional August 2016
By Mike Picone
The Fragile State of Transition
Exodus 14:12… Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Israel had just come out of Egypt, and they had seen the hand of God work miracles. Yet they wanted to turn back at the first sign of trouble.
I want to talk with you about the adjustment that needs to take place in us when God brings us from one level to the next, when you are in transition. We, in our natural self, or, to put it another way, as Adam’s children, always want to return to what we are familiar with, even if it is bondage, like Israel.
Just like a pregnant woman is in a fragile state as her body is in transition, so we are as we venture into the unknown. We become more susceptible to thoughts of doubt, wanting to turn back, depression, temptation, and wanting to quit.
But the Holy Spirit wants to take us to a new level of believing and trusting God..
➢ First we must understand that we would not know the grace of God for a transition unless we went through it. This transitional grace seems to be a grace that is designed just for this. The grace that we normally need at the place we are at now would fail in the transition to a higher level of walking where God wants you next, so a new grace is imparted for this next level.
Some of the most beautiful exhibitions of the laws of matter are brought out in the transitions produced by chemistry. The rapid changes from heat to cold or a solid to a gaseous state, develop properties before unknown, and acquaint us much more intimately with the wonderful works of God …So the Holy Spirit works in us a grace that was unknown to us till this time of transition.
➢ Secondly, in times of transition God guides us through the unknown. Exodus 13::21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
God can guide you through any season (night or day) in your life, whether dark times or troubled times, even in the midst of failure God can lead you to triumph. And He guides you in the bright times, the times of blessing, during the best seasons of your Life. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, Romans 8:27-28 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The Holy Spirit has led you thus far, He will continue to lead, guide and direct. He will show you what is to come (John 16:13), like pulling back the curtain and allowing you to peek into the unseen realm.
➢ Lastly, The Holy Spirit is working in us a level of faith of trusting him in the transition that you had not yet attained. George Mueller put it this way, Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
You can trust Him in the unknowns of your life and ministry, He is faithful.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Prayer : Father I thank you for the seasons in my life and ministry, that through all of them I can give you the glory for what you have done. In these days ahead I know you will continue to led and guide me and help me to navigate through all that is ahead, That you will continue to work in me during these times of transition, for the work of your Kingdom. Amen
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