April 19, 2024


James 4:13-15

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there . . . and make money.” . . . [But] you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

—  James 4:13-15

Transitions in our lives can be exciting and challenging. Whether it’s a new job, a change in relationship status, or a move to a different city, transitions require us to trust in God’s guidance and to surrender our plans to him.

In times of transition, we may feel uncertain and overwhelmed. Yet we can find comfort in knowing that God is with us every step of the way. As we trust in the Lord with all our heart, he directs our paths and provides the wisdom and strength we need (Proverbs 3:5-6).

During transitions, we can seek God’s will through prayer, aligning our desires with his Word, and by searching out the wise counsel of others. We trust that the Lord will make our paths straight, even when the way seems unclear. He knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and his timing is perfect.

As we navigate transitions in life, let’s embrace them with faith and hope. May we rely on God’s guidance and be open to the opportunities he presents. In every season of change we can trust that God is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Gracious God, in all our transitions help us to trust in your guidance and submit to your will. Grant us the wisdom and strength to serve you in all we do. Amen.

About the author — Darrell Delaney

Darrell Delaney is a cohost of ReFrame’s podcast ministry Groundwork and serves as lead chaplain with Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry in Michigan. He considers it his life’s calling to create and facilitate life-giving environments in which people can thrive and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Darrell and his wife, Kia, have three children. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, and playing basketball, chess, and video games.

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