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 (NIV)
God knows when it’s time to move on, and He admonishes Christians not to get 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 Samuel 16:1 KJV).
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, have 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.”
There are friends who are just waiting to be a part of your life the moment you decide to live again. There are opportunities, open doors, places of blessing, and resources that are waiting on you to get up and believe that God still has a plan for you—no matter what has happened in your life. It’s time to move on. It’s time to get up from the comfortable place and the safe place. It’s time to use your faith again—and faith is spelled R-I-S-K.
What happened to Abram when God called him to leave the place where his father died? This man was seventy-five years old with a thousand people depending on him, and 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.
Just think of Abraham, Moses, and Joseph! God called all of them to geographical change, but in each case it brought about a significant spiritual promotion. You’ve got to listen so that you can “hear” the new orders—the new instructions that God has for your life.
Lord God, I pray that You will destroy the fear of risk that is in my heart and replace it with faith in Your son. Keep me open to geographical change as You lead me to the right place and reveal to me more and more of Your exciting plan for my life. Amen.