“I have brought you out that I might lead you in…”
There are times when God wants to do a new thing in our lives. To do this new thing God faces three challenges. He has to get us out of the old place and that is not easy because we love the security of where we are. God therefore has to blast us out of the old place. That can happen in many ways. We could be fired, or we may just know in our knower that it is time to make a change. The call of God is often made up of a pull from the front and a boot from the rear. That can happen when God wants to do His new thing in our lives.
The second challenge God faces is that He has to keep us going so He might pull us through the transition time between the old place and the new place to which He is leading us. Transition times can be very difficult! The verse above describes the way God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt that He might bring them into the Promised Land. Their transition time involved crossing a desert, which should have taken eleven days. They went around in circles for forty years! That was a very difficult transition time for them.
They circled that desert because they did not have the faith to invade the land of Canaan. When God wants to do His new thing in our life do we go around in circles because we do not have the faith to enter into the new place to which God is leading us?
The third challenge God faces is that He has to make us right so He can settle us into the new place He has for us. One translation of 2 Corinthians 6:1 reads that we are ‘co-operaters’ with God. When we realize something of what God is trying to do in our life it would help Him and could be helpful to us if we would give God a little cooperation.