“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. First, God has to get us out of the old place, and that is not easy because we often love the security of where we are. God therefore may have 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.
The second challenge God faces is to keep us going through the transition time between the old place and the new place to which God is leading us. Transition times can be difficult.
Deuteronomy 6:23 describes the way God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt to lead them into the Promised Land. Their transition time involved crossing a desert, which should have taken eleven days, but they went around in circles for forty years!
They circled that desert because they did not have the faith to invade the land of Canaan. When God wants to do a new thing in our lives, 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 is that God has to make us right so God can settle us into the new place. One translation of 2 Corinthians 6:1 reads that we are ‘co-operators’ with God. When we realize something of what God is trying to do in our lives, it would help both God and us if we would give God a little more cooperation.
Dick Woodward, 24 July 2009