Keep moving forward.
When you set your sights on a goal, get the guidance you need and take the necessary steps toward accomplishing it. Have a plan, use the resources you have at your disposal, and get started, before the sands run out. If you linger and ponder long too long, other issues will come up, and you may start to second-guess yourself. Don’t let procrastination keep you in stagnation. Pray for God’s Wisdom to guide your every step, and put your trust in God; your abilities are no match for His. Acknowledge your limitations, do what is in your capacity to accomplish, as you trust God to handle what you can’t control.
55 But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go.” 56 And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since The Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.” 57 So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.” 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go (Genesis 24).”
Abraham’s servant went to his master’s country to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Abraham had assured him that God would send an angel ahead of him to prosper him, so that his servant would return with the woman who would be betrothed to Isaac. Abraham’s servant had sought God to make a way; he asked for a sign to confirm which woman he would bring back to Isaac. Everything worked like clockwork. This is where the passage picks up. Abraham’s servant was convinced that God had shown him favor and he was not going to wait for human confirmation. He worshiped God through every open door and trusted Him at every turn. He was not going to allow Laban, Rebekah’s brother, nor her mother to get the final say.
When God has prospered your way, pull out all the stops to complete what you have begun. He is The One who causes you to advance, so He should not be undermined by naysayers. In the face of opposition, put one foot in front of the other and don’t waver. Rebekah’s brother and mother decided to ask her if she was willing to go with Abraham’s servant. She was unequivocal about her decision to go. Why? Because God had already prepared her for Isaac. God has a way of persuading people and moving them in His direction. Nothing can hinder us, unless we allow it. Like Abraham’s servant we must keep in lockstep with God.
9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them (Acts 18).
If we are in God’s Will, doing His Work, we are in good company. He is always with those He has called for His Purpose. He will not forsake us. We should not fear people’s response to us, or their criticism. The Lord commands us, as He did Paul, to stick it out with boldness. He has gone before us and worked out all the details; even enlisted others who He has on standby, to assist us in a pinch. Speak and do what The Lord has ordained you to do. He will manifest Himself through and through, so that no one can stand against Him. Keep a stiff upper lip against opposition, and don’t flee out of fear. Hold firm in God’s Strength, and complete what He began through you.
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26).”
Sometimes we have to put the needs of others ahead of ours, as a motivation to go forward, to do something we don’t want to. If it is God’s Will for us, we should put aside our feelings. It is impossible to do God’s Will on our terms. As The Son of God, Christ had to succumb to what His Father had called Him to do—endure The Father’s Judgement, on behalf of the world—an excruciating death on The Cross. Christ was saddled with all the sin of the world; without the human strength to carry it, yet He offered up Himself in obedience, to do God’s Will.
Mercy and Love gave Him the strength to bear all the pain, suffering and sorrow. He had no one to comfort or support Him. His disciples were fast asleep when they should have been praying for Him—when He needed them most. There are burdens that we may carry for others that no one is willing to carry with us. Our loved ones may start off well, with empathy and then they may move on to meet their own needs. We might get exhausted, but we should not give in and quit on those who need us. If we bear them up alone, we must do it in the strength that God gives us. Just as Christ suffered for us, sinners, we should try to give hope to the broken; show mercy, and be patient with those who sap joy and energy out of us. The Holy Spirit must overcome our flesh—our desires and emotions, to keep us from losing ground. We can only do what is right by doing God’s Will. How we feel is often at odds with what God would have us do. Don’t let your feelings override your spirit’s willingness to obey God.
17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of The Lord, Who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for The Lord is with you (2 Chronicles 20).”
King Jehosaphat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem heard that the people of Moab and Ammon were saber rattling, to displace them out of their land. God speaking through a prophet gave them clear instructions to go forward and face their enemies. The people of Moab and Ammon would not be fighting against the people of Judah, but against their God, Who had settled them in the land.
You are not where you are by coincidence, as long as you are the child of The Most High God. No one can take what God has rightfully given you, just as He gave the children of Israel the land of Canaan. You must position yourself in prayer and put your confidence in the Commander of Heaven’s Mighty Armies. Stand still in your confidence in God, Who is in the front line. Your enemies have to go through Him first before they can get to you. With optimism and gusto, go out against those who come against you, because the battle is no longer yours but The Lord’s. He is with you and you will not need to fight. Go in the Presence of God, and let Him assure those who oppose you that He is your God and you are His. Don’t be dismayed about what others want to take from you, when God has already given it to you. Go forward with praise and faith in God’s Strength.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram departed as The Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran (Genesis 12).
God commanded Abram to leave the place He knew, grew up and was settled in, at seventy-five years of age; to go to a place he had never seen or been before. Are you willing to leave where you are familiar with, to go where God calls you? Abram left his father’s house and set out to the land God would show him, without questioning God. God made Abram a promise; that He would bless him and make him great, while prospering him along the way.
Go and see what God has for you. Don’t be afraid to take risks. If God has a plan for you, it will not be to your detriment. You may have to leave what you are familiar with, to go where you have not been before. Take a leap of faith and surrender your fears to God. It doesn’t matter how old you are; new beginnings have no age limit. Seek and depend on God to orchestrate the next chapter of your life.
14 For as many as are led by The Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received The Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together (Romans 8).
“And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” We have a portion of Abram’s blessings, since we are part of all the families of the earth. This is exciting news! We are blessed through the seed of Abram, The Lord Jesus Christ, Who hailed from the tribe of Judah, and a descendant of Abraham. We are blessed sons and daughters of God, who live through The Son of God. So, leave the world of comforts and its familiarity, and enter into the promise of Eternal Life in Christ Jesus. Forsake your old ways and go to the place where God will show you. The Name, Jesus, is The Greatest Name by which every child of God is called, in the Kingdom of God. Forget your past sin, failures and lifestyle, and be led by The Spirit of God into the place of Eternal Blessings.
There’s a reward for effort, diligence and the commitment to finish well. It may take time to see the fruit of our labor, but one day we will reap the benefits. God has always promised to fight for us as long as we keep advancing in obedience. He is our God and Father, and in Christ Jesus, we have all the promises and blessings to keep us in His Providence. We must put aside our feelings, fears and worldly desires, to gain what God has attained for us. We will suffer for our calling to serve Him, as we care for others along the way. We will also be greeted with opposition.
The Spirit of Christ will bear us up; He is our strength and victory. We must keep going forward, by doing His Will on earth as it is heaven, being willing to leave comfortable and familiar places, and go to where He has called us, into His Kingdom. Life on earth is a wilderness of uncertainties, battles, struggles and hardships, coupled with God’s Presence along the way. We will not need to fight with human abilities, God is giving us the territories that His enemies have occupied. We have Eternal Life in Christ Jesus; we are well endowed to get to the place of Eternal Blessings.
“Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, 2 a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ 3 Therefore understand today that The Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as The Lord has said to you.
4 “Do not think in your heart, after The Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness The Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that The Lord is driving them out from before you (Deuteronomy 9)”.