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Today’s Truth

From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.

Acts 17:26

Friend to Friend

Abraham, or Abram, as he was first named, was called by God to leave home…and to go. Where to, you ask? Great question. I’m sure Abram asked the very same one. The answer? “…to the land I will show you.”

Huh, so that’s it? Just leave? Follow you, Lord, with blind trust?

Yes, Abram. Just leave…and go. I will show you where to make each turn along the way, but on a “need to know” basis.

A former pastor of mine once said, “Just as it’s easier to steer a car that’s already rolling forward, it’s easier for the Lord to move a person who’s already in motion.” I guess this is as true for you and me today as it was for Abram way back then.

As Christ-followers, many of us are prone to hang back and ask God to reveal ALL the details He has in store for our future BEFORE we will commit to leaving our familiar surroundings (location of residence, job title, ministry role). But I ask you, sister, is this really trust on our part? Or is it calculated, weighed, and measured “obedience”?

In my own life’s journey, the Lord has, many times, asked me to vacate my present ministry, job role—and most recently, my state of residence—to follow Him. Early on, I admit, I was a full-fledged foot dragger…slow to obey, begging for all the details before I would step out in “faith” and go. But as the years have gone by, Jesus has been calling me to a purer, more mature level of obedience—the kind that says, “Yes, Lord,” and obeys, rather than asking for a detailed itinerary so I can weigh out all the pros and cons of my action or inaction.

Twelve years ago, I was smack dab in the middle of co-directing Vacation Bible School at my church when the Lord told me my role as Co-Director was finished. What?! I exclaimed. “I am such a perfect fit for this position! I’ve implemented so many important changes that have improved the effectiveness of this program ten-fold!” I think He agreed with me, but nevertheless, I was to move on. “But to where?” I asked. No answer.

Five months later, the Lord called me to write books on health for the purpose of enabling His Army to age well, live long, and serve strong. After six, published books, I see His point. He had something else for me to do to advance His Kingdom.

Presently, my obedience challenge is to relocate from New York to Virginia. In order to “Go,” I must leave home—which includes the house I raised my children in, my physical therapy practice, my college teaching position, my church family, and my friends—many of whom I’ve known and loved for over 20 years!

But this I know from looking back: my future, when placed in the Lord’s hands, always accomplishes what’s best for His Kingdom and for myself as his daughter. With every act of obedience on my part, I grow, and as I do, I’m always amazed at what the Lord can accomplish with my small offering.

Really, friends, isn’t this what we all long for? To witness the Lord at work in and through us? To be directed and used by God to accomplish His will on earth?

The Lord has great plans for us—things for us to do, places for us to live, people for us to impact. Praise God, we do not need to figure it all out from point A. We simply need to respond in obedience to the next thing the Lord is prompting us to do.

Let’s Pray

My Lord and my God, be my vision when I cannot see past today. Call me out to the great unknown where you are already at work. Give me the privilege of working alongside you, my Master. I will leave, and I will go, where and when you ask me to. I promise.

In your Mighty Name, Jesus, I pray,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What or where have you been feeling led by the Lord to leave? How long have you been hearing, yet resisting? What are your hesitations? Talk this over with Jesus and commit to Him your willingness to release what you know and to grab hold of what He knows is best.

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6 Responses to “Leaving Home”

  1. Machell says:

    I did this today. I have a new job at a dyalisis clinic. I begin Monday Praise God for the new career path. It’s been hard to leave it’s been on my heart for awhile now. I was going to do my every other weekend. I have decided not to at all. I will be going in today to break the news to them. I know they’ll take it hard and with a mean heart. I will follow God and listen to him whole heartedly. I will do my next two days of this pay period and be gone.
    God Bless You All,
    Shell

  2. JULIA M FLEETON says:

    Good morning, (LEAVING HOME)

    Thank you so much for this message. I really speaks to me.

    This past August God instructed me to leave a ministry where I was the president for almost 16 years and a memeber of the church for 20 years. I obeyed and now I’m waiting on God to show me what He wants me to do and where I should go. It is not easy for me not knowing what I should be doing becuse I am so used to DOING!

    In the mean time I have had several deaths and sicknesses in my family and I have been there to minister to them. I believe this is a part of God’s plan for me to be free to go to them when needed and not have to worry about getting someone to replace me at Sunday School and Sisterhood.

    I am currently on program to deliver the eulogy for my nephew father.

    Thanks again for this lesson.

    Please pray with me that I will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and go where God instructs me to go.

    Blessings

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Remember, Julia, as servants of the Living God, our job is sometimes to simply WAIT upon the Lord…until He has something for us to attend to.

      Just prayed for you to be patient in the waiting and the hearing. Doing people, you and me both, have the hardest time with this!

  3. Joy says:

    This makes me cry because I had a work that I love it but just one day it’s gone. This is the only work I know how to do but it’s gone.
    It’s hard for me but I know God has a reason for everything that happens to me. And I trust Him. Pray for me that I can find a job that I will love it, glorify His name and sustain our needs. Thank you

  4. Lisa Morrone says:

    Shell, just be Jesus in all you do and say. You are not responsible for how people react to you, but you are responsible for the character you display! Be wishes for a strong transition!

  5. Lisa Morrone says:

    Joy, it is so difficult to have the “leaving decision” not be your own. Trust the Lord will work this for His glory and your good. He always does!

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