The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” —Genesis 12:1
God knows when it’s time to move on, and He advises Christians not to get too comfortable where they are.
In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel was weeping because Saul had lost the kingdom. God came to him and said, “How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go…for I have provided…” (1 Sam. 16:1).
God has provided everything you need to start again. Sometimes we’re mourning over what we’ve lost or some bad episode in our lives. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe you’ve been through a divorce, or experienced some other kind of difficult setback. But listen to what the Lord says: “How long will you cry over that bad episode in your life? Go, for I have provided.”
The moment you decide to live again, you will find there are friends who are waiting to be part of your life. There are opportunities, open doors, places of blessing, and resources that are ready for you to get up and believe that God still has a plan for you—no matter what happened in your past. It’s time to quit looking backward and start moving forward. It’s time to get up from the comfortable and safe place. It’s time to use your faith again—and faith and risk go hand in hand.
Moving on may involve a geographical change. God told Abram to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household. He was seventy-five years old with a thousand people depending on him. Yet, he turned to his wife and said, “It’s time for a geographical change in our lives.”
Most people get so settled and comfortable that they don’t want to change anything, but the Lord is saying that often geographical change positions you for supernatural promotion. God called Abraham, Moses, and Joseph to geographical change, and in each case it brought about a significant spiritual promotion.
You’ve got to listen so you can hear the new orders—the new instructions that God has for your life. God can destroy the fear of risk that is in your heart and replace it with faith. Be open to change as God leads you to the right place for the next step in His exciting plan for your life.
Are you clinging to a circumstance you feel you can’t change? Are you ready to step out in faith? Ask God to give you courage and wisdom as you determine the next possible destination he’s planned for your life.