“I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth.”Genesis 31:13 (NLT)
Six years earlier, Jacob had wanted to leave Padan Aram to return to the land of Canaan. But his Uncle Laban let him name his wages, so Jacob remained. Over the next six years, God abundantly prospered Jacob. But now circumstances had changed, and Laban’s sons were envious of Jacob’s wealth. Perhaps Jacob was thinking it was now time to leave. Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”
Walking with the Lord isn’t easy. Sometimes we want to jump ahead. Other times we drag our feet. We want to respond to circumstances, but is it time to act? Or should we wait on the Lord? Jacob waited until the circumstances and the Word of the LORD both indicated it was time to move. And I have found that is a good method for discerning God’s will and timing. As children of God, we are to be led by the Spirit.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”Romans 8:14 (NLT)
Are you sensing the Lord changing direction in your life or leading you to take a step of faith? Look for a confirmation of circumstances, the peace of God in your heart, the confirmation of other believers, and above all, the Word of God to be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. Then act boldly! I’ve never seen God spank his kids for stepping out in faith. 😉
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