“Transitions” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin


“A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:2, NASU
Having been to a few wineries over the years, both here in the USA and Israel, at the strong encouragement of my good wife, I have seen a bit as to how wine is made. Part of the process is pouring out the fermenting grape juice from one vat to another, to leave behind the fallen sediment, which can embitter the liquid from the bottom if the wine is left in the barrel beyond the appointed time. Without this outpouring from one to another, no one would really enjoy the final flavor. And the Lord knows we can’t have that.
The Golan Heights Winery in Israel. (Photo by Steve Martin, May 2019)

Transitions are like that. The Lord uses these movements in our lives to re-position us from one place to another, be it a daily job, a local congregation, or a new location to make our next home. He has specific purposes in these transitions, for He knows that if we stay content long enough in a place which was meant for a certain period of training and growing us further along our journey, we might become lazy and at ease. This would be holding back that which would and could be our full calling in His plans and purposes for us. It would also affect those with lives whom we would touch in the next location.

For me, I like change. I get bored doing the same old same old. Maybe you don’t, but I hope you respond to that which may come your way anyway. After all, if we are not hearing the Lord, walking with Him, and obeying His directives, day by day as the song goes, we cease to experience His fresh and new life daily. And that will indeed get old.
The time is coming, if it hasn’t already in your life, that the Lord will bring a transition your way. This is not intended to bring harm, but to further cause growth and expansion. Being flexible is going to be a large part of what is coming.
We have often heard this word given in Isaiah, which speaks directly to the Jews and their land Israel, but it can also refer to the “grafted in ones”, Gentiles such as most of us, who call upon the Living God of Israel.
“Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs.
“For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations and will resettle the desolate cities. (Isaiah 54:2-3, NASU)
Be willing and responsive when the call goes out, to you, informing you of a transition coming your way. You may be surprised by His suddenness, as we would see it, but have faith in knowing that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28-29, NASU
Now think on this and see what good things the Lord has in store for you and those around you.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin
Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #438 – in the year of our Lord 07.09.19 – “Transitions” – Tuesday, 6:45 pm

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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