Friday, June 3, 2016

Scriptures for Times of Transition

Transition is defined as:  “noun transizh'on. [Latin transitio.] Passage from one place or state to another; change; as the transition of the weather form hot to cold. Sudden transitions are sometimes attended with evil effects.[1] For the complete definition of transition, please see the link below.

For a variety of reasons, I have decided to look to the Scriptures to find comfort and direction for the future.  The Lord prompted me to do this due to my pastor retiring (his last Sunday is June 12), and the new pastor coming (June 26); a friend’s pastor is retiring, and another friend is experiencing a variety of life transitions.

The verses that follow are a selection and not meant to be exhaustive.

I encourage you to meditate on these verses—letting them sink into your heart and mind.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  (Joshua 1:9 KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
(Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.  (Proverbs 16:3 KJV)

And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.  
(Deuteronomy 31:8 KJV)

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  (Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV)

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.  (Isaiah 43:19 KJV)

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  
(Lamentations 3:21-23 KJV)

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 
(Malachi 3:6 KJV)

My prayer is that these verses will speak to your heart and provide strength and encouragement on difficult days.  For those of us who have Jesus as Savior and Lord can see difficult days in the light of eternity.  While difficult days come; we have a glorious future awaiting us with our Savior!

Where do you find comfort in God’s Word during times of transition?

Please join with me in prayer:

Precious Lord, thank You for Your Word that contains solid truth, as we mediate on it, open our spiritual eyes to understand what You are saying to us.  Direct our attention to the Scriptures You want us to meditate upon and apply to our daily lives.  Bring to our minds all the ways You walk with us through all the transitions of life.  Remind us to keep our minds focused on You, especially when things seem to be in constant flux and we struggle to find our footing.  Thank You for the benefits that come from being Your child; may we share the Good News with those around us who desperately need to hear it.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,



  1. These verses are all so encouraging, Kim, and fit perfectly with transitional times. What great comfort it is to know God will never change and will always be there for us.
    Love and blessings!

    1. Martha, I'm glad you found encouragement from the selected verses. God is so good about comforting His children in difficult times, as well as good times.

      Love and blessings!

  2. I feel like I've been in one kind of transition or another all of my life...Life is exactly that...a continual transition ...or GROWTH, from one stage of life to the next. Thank the Lord for His Word to guide us, inspire us, and comfort us throughout our life's journey. Where would we be without Him? Lost.

    1. Pam, I completely understand where you are coming from--life really is a series of transitions (growth!). Yes, we would be terribly lost without Him!



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