Are you living in captivity? Are you a captive to drugs, poverty, depression, disease…Do you feel like God has given up on you?
Does it seem like no deliverance is forth coming because you have considered and examined all the possibilities and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel?
Guess what? You’ve not considered all the possibilities yet. Someone is holding that trump card you need. I’ll tell you a story.
Israel is in captivity in Babylon. There seems to be no hope for them because God Himself has sent them away from the Promise Land.
Will they ever return home some day? Is there any hope of ever worshiping again from the Holy Temple?
All this while, God’s plan is in progress.
At the appointed time God stirs up the heart of a heathen king who then “orders” that the captives be released so they can go rebuild the temple and again offer up sacrifices to the God of heaven. Ezra the scribe and his brethren get to work as if in a dream.
So stop asking yourself how it’s going to happen. The ways of God are truly mysterious. You never can tell where the next miracle is coming from.
Only believe and refuse to quit.
Life is made up of times and seasons. We are called upon to move on from one place, situation and level to another. This will happen to each one of us from time to time. There are moments of transition and there are new challenges and targets to handle all the times.
We can’t grow, make progress or even succeed in life if we get stuck in one position.
The problem with people like me is that we often get too emotionally attached to some situations that are meant to be only temporary; a job, a mentor, a habitation etc. It becomes difficult to let go and keep going when it’s time to break camp and advance.
In my own experience, God has dealt with this issue in my life in a number of ways:
A. He sometimes provokes a conflict that will then end up kicking me out of my comfort zone.
B. He sometimes incites people to reject and hate me outright. This is usually when I insist on holding unto a dead end- a relationship that has come to its natural end.
c. I have had situations where I was moved to hate an environment; this as preparation for me to move to a new location. Isn’t it amazing that the things that you loved and cherished yesterday have become simply unbearable to you today? Perhaps it’s time to move on.
Now, let’s be very careful here. There are things you are not permitted to move on from. You can’t just move on from your marriage, spouse and kids because you no longer feel like staying on. You will be hurting a whole lot of people and bringing more disorder and pain in society. You can’t move on from your assignment because things have become too tough. God calls us for life, not for ‘as long as it feels good’.
Sometimes the movement is not necessarily physical. It might be emotional or psychological; you may have to stop engaging in a certain activity, dressing in a particular style or treating someone in a particular manner. For instance, when your children become adolescents you move on from the way to used to talk to them when they were just little kids.
Remember, there is no promotion without movement (physical or mental). If you resist moving on when it is the time to do so you could miss out on what God wants to do in your life for that season. You could then be stuck on one spot all your life.
On your marks, get set, move…
Life is made of seasons and the person who succeeds in life the most is the one who can tell what season it is. I’m not talking about seasons like winter or spring. I’m talking about the seasons of life.
There is a time to stay put and there is a time to move;
A time to talk and a time to be quiet;
A time to study and a time to impart into others what we have learned.
Here are some signs that could indicate it is time to move on; that’s it’s time to leave from one level, standard or location to another.
- An unbearable discomfort in your present location.
- You find no pleasure at all in doing the things you enjoyed doing in the past.
- Unexplainable problems suddenly crop up between you and your boss, colleagues or entourage in general.
- Either by chance, coincidence or by design you get exposure to knowledge that is pulling you out of your present situation.
- You get connected to people who are operating at the level you envisage getting to next.
- You realize you’ve got nothing more to learn in your present location. You could easily fossilize it you stay on.
- You have this deep conviction within you that it’s time to move on.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:3).
God had promised Abraham Canaan. It was his by covenant right.
The entire land was to become his in the future.
But you know what? Abraham had to buy a tiny piece of that land the inhabitant (Genesis 23:1-16).
And do you know what part he bought? Not the most fertile. He bought a cave in which to bury his wife; the land that was his by right.
The owner of this piece of land even begged the old man to get it from him as a gift but he would not. He would not use his own means to get what God had promised to give him at the appointed time.
At the appointed time, the land became his.
Do not use your own power to get what God has promised to you.
Don’t rush ahead of God because you think it’s getting late. It could be suicidal.
God is not idling; He is busy preparing a table for you in the wilderness.
Don’t compare yourself with others. Your timing might not be theirs.
Ask of God the discernment to know the seasons; when it is time to move.
Endure the training, and then enjoy the job.