Have you been tempted lately by anything that tried to get you off track? I have. Just yesterday I realized the place I usually go to write has changed. About a month ago two of my favorite workers left for other jobs. I had been going to the same place for over two years and the atmosphere was perfect for studying the Bible and writing. It was awesome. “WAS” is the operative word here.
Once those two workers left, the atmosphere changed. I noticed it but I thought it would work out and everything would be okay once the new people settled in. But yesterday I had to face the facts that it just wasn’t working. I was fidgety nearly the whole time I was there. I had a harder time getting into the Bible and it was a struggle to write.
Oftentimes our temptation is not the one that lures us out into other places but the one that get us to stay where we’re at. Generally people are more apt to go with the status quo, with what they’re used to rather than venturing out into the unknown. No matter how bad the situation gets, our tendency is to stay put. The unknown just seems too scary or too hard. But that is exactly what our adversary wants. The situation gets slightly worse, then gradually gets so bad we wonder what happened. The devil manages to delay and hurt us.
Wisdom is to become aware of a deteriorating situation as soon as possible and if we haven’t got the authority or revelation to fix it, get out. You will probably be surprised to know that Jesus our Lord often walked away from bad situations. Check it out. Here’s one poignant example:
Matthew 4:12-13: “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast.” There was no confronting the authorities to get John out of prison, no false martyrdom. Jesus knew 1 Samuel 15:22: “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
Another example is in John 8: 59: “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”
And look at John 7:1: “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”
Jesus just moved on to do God’s will for his life in another place. That’s exactly what we’re supposed to do.
I don’t have to keep going to the same place I used to study and write just because it’s convenient for me. I don’t have to think I can stay and make it better either. I just have to pick myself up and say, “Jesus, where to next?”
Let’s be brave people. Let’s believe to see quickly and clearly if a situation is bad for us. Then be willing to step away if Jesus says go. And if He does, we step out courageously into our unknown with our hand interlocked with the hand of the One who knows it all.
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