God is a progressive and that is why HE does things in a progressive and increasing fashion. It is important, as God’s children, to follow in His footsteps. Therefore, our lives should be progressive in nature. Since HE is our creator and father, it is within God’s power to redirect us if we are not following in His progressive steps just as the case of the Israelites:
“6 The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: 7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Deuteronomy 1:6-7).
After residing at Mount Horeb for a year, the Israelites might have found comfort and their temporary abode and were reluctant to proceed until the cloud of glory over them which began to shift towards Canaan, forced them to move.
The disposition of a lot of Christians today still mirrors the reluctance of the Israelites. Do you seem comfortable with life simply because you are married; have a nice job, house, car, or academic qualification? Life is surely more than these achievements despite the comfort they bring. This makes a move; one that takes us to the next and higher level imperative.
Again, when the Israelites, during their onward journey to Canaan, were contented with staying beside the Jordan River, God ensured they proceeded. There was even a time when twelve spies were sent on an espionage mission over Canaan. Even though only two brought good news, it never deterred nor stopped the promise of God regarding the takeover of Canaan by the Israelites. My advice to a reader of this piece is not to be comfortable by the side of his/her Jordan River. Aspire to reach your Canaan land as a greater blessing awaits you there.
People fail in life mostly because they see the failure as an end instead as a temporary setback or a means to an end. In short, they tacitly accept the failure. To reject failure is to stay focussed and consider any temporary setback as a means to an end. If done, you will advance in life and reach your goals in Jesus name. Quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. An example of a winner is Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. He tried several times before getting it right. He was never deterred by the temporary setbacks he faced. Today, his place is secured in the history of humanity. Another example is Abraham Lincoln, one of the best, if not the greatest president, that have ruled the United States of America. His way to the US presidency is littered by a lot of setbacks. In 1832, he was defeated in his state legislative election. He failed in his attempt at congress in 1843 and 1848 respectively. He was defeated in the 1855 senatorial elections. He also failed in his attempt at the Vice President’s position the following year in 1856. Even though he lost again in his second attempt at the senate in 1858, he was elected the president of the United States in 1860.
Reason for not wanting to move
- Failures of the past: Does your memories keep reminding you of the last time you failed. That was then; God is moving you up this time in Jesus name.
- Negative stories from people who decided to take temporary setbacks as failures
How to prepare for God next move
- Put past failures and temporary setbacks behind you
- Be positive in your thinking, attitude and disposition towards life.
- Be determined to make it. Always remember that tough times don’t last; only tough people do.
- Commit your ways into the hands of God and he will surely direct your path
- Make new moves and always seek to press forward.
God bless you.