Proper placement in life is critically important to our effectiveness and success.
But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put His Name there for His dwelling. To that place you must go . . . There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you. You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit, since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you. . . . Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please. Offer them only at the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you. Read all of Deuteronomy 12:5-14
It's almost like God is trying to over emphasize that you don’t just go out in life anywhere you want to go, doing anything you want to do just because you feel like it. If you are a child of God, He has a plan for your life. He has a place where that plan will unfold. Many times people struggle because of their resistance to move to the next thing, or even the next place God has for them. They decide where they will live and what they will do, to their own folly. And then there are those who are quick to jump to the next best offer or financial gain.
I have seen people who were really involved and connected in their church, leave because they were offered more money if they relocated. We have to cultivate sensitivity to the voice of God in these matters. If God is calling you to a new place, many times it will be preceded by a genuine discomfort in the place where you are. Proper placement demands death to pride and sensitivity at the feet of Jesus in prayer.
Think About It
- Do you feel you are in your proper placement in life in the areas of where you live, your vocation, your church, your friendships?
- For any of those areas where the answer is no, are you willing to bring those areas before the Lord and give Him permission to do whatever He chooses for you to do instead?