Psalm 118: 8- It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
When God instructed His prophet, Samuel, to notify Saul that his kingship was being transferred to another, Samuel obeyed. Yet, he seemed to mourn for Saul in a prolonged and excessive manner (1 Samuel 15:35; 16:1). Transition is challenging and change is often unwelcome – even for otherwise mature, submitted believers. Why is that so? What does the Lord have to say about it?
One could offer comprehensive explanations, but I think the crux of the matter lies in where one is truly putting her confidence. When first transitioning into my position here at America’s Keswick as the Women of Character Coordinator, I was approached by a gracious, seasoned sister in Christ who told me that she was worried about the program when she heard that my predecessor was moving on, but felt alleviated after hearing about my story and heart for this ministry. I walked away from that interaction feeling…..conflicted and convicted!
Now by no means am I picking on this sister, but she honestly got me to thinking because her response is not only representative of many believers in times of leadership transition, but also of MINE often times – truth be told! It is God’s prerogative as to who leads and when, and in the case of Christians – it is He Who enables one’s ministry (2 Cor. 3:5). Ahh, but it so easy for us to experience slow, unnoticeable drift to the degree that we find ourselves excluding God from our vision as we walk by sight – not faith.
Be it a leadership position in a ministry setting, in a business, or in a country – promotion comes from the Lord (Proverbs 75:6-7). I am writing this before our presidential election, but am assuming this won’t be published until afterwards. As our recent ladies retreat speaker so lucidly reminded us, let us walk by faith not sight as we trust God with whatever leadership changes are on our horizons nationally, in the work place, and in Christian ministry as He alone is our true hope and confidence!
Melissa Smith is the Women of Character Coordinator at America’s Keswick. She has the privilege and honor of ministering to the colony men’s wives and girlfriends, the Barbara’s Place women, and some women from the community who God brings to America’s Keswick for help or care. She and Bill, her husband of 18 years, have four adopted children ages 17 to 24. Her fervent desire is to point women to Christ and His sufficiency, provision, and promises.