You’ve just been moved or have moved on your own. You thought this move was in God’s plans. It seemed like a wise choice. You’ve asked God multiple times about this move and everything seemed to point to this being the right choice. However, as soon as you start to get to this new apartment, job, city, or this new place in your walk with God, you feel uncomfortable. Although it seems this is the position God wants you in, you can’t help wonder if you would’ve been better off staying where you were previously. Even though the place you were at previously had a lot of negative things and would leave you in the same complacent and mundane routine, you find yourself forgetting those things and wondering if the move was worth it. The question you need to ask yourself is: Do you respect your position? Do you respect the position God gave you? The Israelites were a people who had a hard time respecting the detour that God purposely sent them in to be free from slavery Egypt.
“Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, ‘We will not come up. Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey [Egypt] to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?’ “
See also Numbers 14:2-4
One thing that we need to realize is that when God positions us in a certain spot or moves us to be positioned in a certain spot, it’s for a good reason. Know that in whatever spot He moves us to we will flourish in the way that He wants us to. However, sometimes we can move our own selves to a certain spot or stay in a spot too long that the ground will not sustain the plant type that we are anymore. While other plants are happy being in the current ground you’re in, you will eventually find yourself becoming miserable, drained, and unable to feed off the soil the way you are meant to feed off of it. This is because God needs you to move to the ground He has prepared for you.
Sometimes if our plant is meant to grow very large and our roots take up a lot of space compared to the other plants, especially those above us in leadership, God as the gardener will have to place us in a newer more spacious ground to grow. If a large plant stays around smaller plants, that plant will suck up all the resources in that ground or block most of the light and the smaller plants may die off eventually. When it comes to our walk with God, sometimes as we grow apart from other Christians in our goals or where God is leading us we find ourselves suffocating each other.
” ‘I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.…”
God is the vinedresser, and we need to trust Him that He knows when to move us and why it’s beneficial for us to move away from where we are at. It is not because the other Christians in our current ground are not good plants that produce fruit all the time, sometimes God needs us in different soil so that we can produce the fruit that He needs and so that we can flourish. It does not matter what we, as the plant, feel that we need to do or not to do.
Sometimes having your roots plucked out of the ground can be a tough process to go through. Just trust that God knows exactly what He’s doing and stay planted in whatever ground He has you to move in, until it is time to be repositioned. Trust that you will flourish best where God wants to move you and will not wither. This move or shift that God has made in your life is worth it. This move will bring you to a land of milk and honey that God has in store for you. Don’t go back to Egypt. Don’t long for the past, but keep pressing forward in your walk with God because even if the current wilderness you’re in looks bleak, seems like a famine or a drought, and may seem like you could die there–it’s exactly where God wants and needs you to be.
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14 (NASB)
Respect the position God placed you at and trust He knows what He’s doing.
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