Transition – Part 1
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1 NIV)
When there’s a historic event in a nation, there is often a time of transition that accompanies it. Other transitions happen when a person of significance dies in leadership. And then there are times in our own lives when God says, “Come on, we’ve got to go on to another place now.” Whatever the case may be, times of transition in the world or in the church can be met only by understanding God’s process to bring about change and his ability to fulfill his calling on our lives in the midst of the change. This is especially true now, when events unfolding on the world stage indicate that we are presently living not only in a time of transition, but one of turmoil and uncertainty as well.
One of these times in the Old Testament was when King Uzziah died, and we have a very poignant passage of Scripture in the book of Isaiah that speaks of the impact it had on the prophet and on the nation. King Uzziah was generally one of the better kings in the southern kingdom of Judah after Israel had been divided into north and south. What was going to happen now that he was gone? After all, there had been some really bad kings before that. This was now a change in the history of the nation, and this change brought about natural fear. But when King Uzziah died, God helped Isaiah to see another king: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! And Isaiah exclaims, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord high and exalted, seated on a throne...”
One of the things God always wants us to know is that while things on earth are rocking and appear totally crazy at times, there’s a throne that has never been shaken in heaven; and God is on that throne. Isaiah was taken up in a vision above the arena of worry and concern, and he saw that God was still reigning and that he was still sovereign.
So it is for times of transition in our own lives. We may not understand everything God permits, but we know that God sits on his throne and that he will have the last word in history. He will also have the last word in our lives if we ask him to be, not only our Savior, but our Lord. Let’s come before him with all confidence today and ask him to give us a fresh revelation of who he is and—in the midst of turmoil and transition—to set our feet upon the Rock that is Christ Jesus and to fulfill his calling on our lives!
To be continued…
Read Isaiah 6:1-3.