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The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward. “Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” Gen 13:14,17
The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” Exodus 4:2
Many times when we are at a crossroad, a pivotal point, a new beginning, on the brink of the unknown, we tend to look down, to shrivel up in fear, to retract into our shells. Often we’re tired by the time we make it to this point. Having journeyed through tears, heartache and sorrow, the tendency is to decide to camp out. To just stop.
Abram in Gen 13 had just parted ways from his nephew Lot, who took the best land, leaving him with the less desirable land. Land that wasn’t well watered. Land that would take much work to develop.
Moses in Exodus 4 was being told by God to go and speak to Pharaoh and Moses replied with a ‘but’. Poor stuttering Moses could list all the reasons he would fail without skipping a beat. It is easier to be an expert on why things won’t work and why you’re not good enough. It is often difficult to see potential and possibilities especially in ourselves.
God was calling Abram to look up. To look to Him in his time of grief and loss, faced with a hard road ahead and much responsibility. When we’re faced with challenges, when life seems too hard, when we feel like we got the short end of the stick , God says, “Look up”.
Lift up your eyes and gaze into the face of the One who knows you and knows the road ahead. He has lovingly, wisely and strategically used every circumstance to prepare you for this very moment.
So look up.
Then God said, “Look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward, and westward”. God doesn’t want us to ignore the reality of our situations. In fact, as we take stock of what’s around us He gives us insight into how to move forward. Looking from the place where you are means “Get a God perspective of your situation’. Take an honest look at things – acknowledge the reality, then look through the lens of faith.
As you look around, having looked up, standing exactly where you are, God will give you the vision for how to move forward. God’s next instruction is “Arise”. He told Abram to walk through the land and that He would give it to Him. God wants us to take that first step of faith, to get up from despair and to walk into what He has for us.
Walk without knowing HOW it will work out. Walk knowing THAT it will work out.
God is clearing the brush as we take each step through the jungle of the unknown and the Holy Spirit whispers where we should place our feet to have the surest footing.
It is in the doing that the vision will become clearer. The manifestation of what God promised will come as we put our faith to work.
He will give us the land we walk on. But that requires us to walk.
Moses had every reason to doubt himself. But no reason to doubt the God who was sending him. Moses felt under-qualified and ill-equipped for the job, but God said, “What is in your hand?”.
There is always something in your hand. Something God has given you that He wants you to use to show forth His glory. The rod that Moses had in his hand became the rod that performed great miracles by God’s power. The rod was instrumental to the deliverance of the Israellites. The rod was in Moses’ hand for so long, he probably forgot he was holding it. He’d gotten so used to carrying it that he no longer felt the weight of it.
God has a gift He’s given you – something He’s put in your hands that He wants to use to show forth His power and bring deliverance to you and His people. So when you think you’re not _________ enough (fill in the blank with your latest negative thought) – take a look at what’s in your hand. What is the thing that you do so well it comes as second nature? What is the gift God gave you that His people are waiting on you to use?
What gifts have you been carrying so long that you’ve forgotten their weight?
Your very freedom hinges on you finding and using this gift. As the mistakes of the past close in from behind, and things look hopeless, your only choice is to use what’s in your hand. Stretch it forth in faith and watch God part the sea of obstacles ahead to make the way clear for you to walk into your destiny.
Love & Blessings,