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Transitions

6/6/18 | by Shane DiLisi

Transitions

    Life is full of transition and change. 

    What comes to mind when you hear the word transition?  For me, transition means things are about to change.  The dictionary defines it as the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.  We have gone through a lot as a church family the past couple years when it comes to transitions and changes.  Our lives are filled with change.  We change our hair style.  Our bodies change.  We might change our job or transition to a new position at work.  The seasons change.  Our bank accounts change. We have transitions in life as we get older.  We transition to different social statuses.  We transition from childhood to adulthood.  And I didn’t even mention the spiritual changes that God is doing in our everyday lives.  God is faithful to change and transform us into the image of His beloved Son (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29).  God is in the business of sanctifying us and making us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-17). And now we’re going through even more transition as we, Lord willing, receive our next senior pastor. 

    As I think through changes God is doing at RBC, I can’t help but think about how our God never changes (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19).  He is the same yesterday, today and forever more (Hebrews 13:8).  Our heavenly Father is the giver of every good gift and He does not change (James 1:17).

    Isn’t it amazing that God has no limits or no restrictions?  His power is limitless.  He does not need anything or anyone.  He is totally sovereign, in control of all things and His perfect plan will always come to pass (Isaiah 46:9-10).  He is perfectly good in everything that He does (Psalm 100:5) because He is holy and just and perfect in His character.  Our God is totally trustworthy and faithful.  He is faithful to His church and can be trusted in all things. 

    During transition and change we must learn to put our trust in the one true living God (Proverbs 3:5-6).  He is the all-knowing, all-powerful God that does everything for His glory and praise.  And guess what, more change is on the way.  So, we must cling to our Lord and the promises in His Word.  God’s Word tells us, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of our Lord stands forever” (Isaiah 40:6-8).  Isn’t this reassuring to us that even God’s Word will never fade, His promises will endure.  Our strength will fade, but God is the all-powerful One.  Check out Isaiah 40:28-31 and meditate on who our God is.  He is the one who sustains us.

    Who or what are we trusting in as we move forward as a church? 

    Are we resistant to change or are we willing and ready to embrace change through what is to come?  Do we trust God as He leads us in this next step in the life of our church?  Is it a comfort to us that God’s Word will never fade?  Things will look different, things may sound different, but who are we going to trust through this next transition, the “wisdom” of man or the all-wise and everlasting God?  May we learn to trust our God as we move forward through a lot of transition and change. 

    More scripture to meditate on: Psalm 9:10; 20:7; 31:14; 56:3-4; 84:12; Proverbs 28:26; Romans 15:13.

    May our trust grow in the Lord during this month of June.  Much love to my RBC family! 

    Love in Christ,

    Pastor Shane

    PS – May we ask the Lord to prepare our hearts to receive our next senior pastor.  Ask the Lord to cause us to be gracious with him and with each other in the church family.