There really is such a thing as staying too long, overstaying your time. It’s important that we remain sensitive to the timing and direction of God in our lives.
Many of us don’t like change. Some of our life situations may be less than desirable. Yet many times we opt to remain in a situation or place rather than move or change to something else.
Fear can paralyze us. Sometimes in the physical sense but more so in the emotional and spiritual realm. Fear may inhibit you from engaging or trying something that is in your heart. God may be nudging and nudging you to move on but you remain in your current place because you do not want to fail, because you do not know what is on the other side, because no one else has ventured in that place before.
In the Biblical account of the 12 Hebrew spies, we learned that only 2 believed Israel could successfully conquer the giants and possess the land of Canaan, the Promise Land. The majority of the spies brought a negative and fear laced report about the land and doubted Israel’s ability to possess the land. They essentially doubted God, questioned His instructions to them, and denied His power (Numbers 13).
Consequently, the children of God continued to wander in the dessert for 40 years. Of those 12 spies, only the two which brought the report of promise, faith, hope, (Joshua and Caleb), were permitted to enter the Promise Land. The other men died before the next generation was permitted to enter Canaan (Number 14). That is a powerful story and a costly lesson.
Reflection: Where is your Promise Land? Are you ready to move?
Keep your antennas up. Don’t overstay your time. Deny fear the ability to gain ground in your life. Stamp it out! Most importantly, be obedient to the voice of God.
Meditation: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
Dr. Reneé A. Foyou
Reneé loves to listen to, document, and share individual life stories. She is also very passionate about journeying with couples and individuals to relational wellness. Intercessory prayer is an integral part of her work. She enjoys teaching, speaking, counseling, coaching, mentoring, conducting research, and writing.
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