Today’s Reading: Numbers 32-33
Today’s Reflection: Numbers 32:5
5) And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”
When Israel reached the border of the Promised Land, the tribes of Reuben and Gad saw the lands of Jazer and Giliad filled with fields for grazing. As these two tribes had large flocks of livestock they felt this area would be perfect for them to settle in. At first this made Moses nervous, fearing the tribes of Reuben and Gad were repeating Israel’s earlier mistake of refusing to possess the land of Canaan. But once they gave their commitment to help the rest of Israel in the conquest of the Promised Land, Moses agreed to allow Reuben and Gad to settle on the other side of the Jordan river, apart from their bretheren.
There are times when God’s leading takes you away from those you’ve been journeying with through life—friends, family and church members. Perhaps there is a specific mission He has for you. Or perhaps the blessings you’ve received in your current family or community need to spread to new lands and new people. Whatever the reason, there are times when you have to depart from those you may have thought you would always be with.
Sometimes you have to go your own way. Things to consider if such a time comes for you:
1) God’s leading in your life is paramount. Let Him be the one who determines the direction of your life. It may seem desirable at times to cut ties with people due to disagreement or hurts they may have caused, but God is at work in all things. Remain if God guides you to remain, and leave only if He guides you to leave.
2) Before you go the new way God is leading you, finish what you’ve started. Just as the tribes of Reuben and Gad had to commit themselves to the conquest of the Promised Land before they could enjoy their new home, you may have to tie up some loose ends before enjoying the new direction God is leading you in. This may mean finishing the work yourself, or making sure it’s in good hands before you leave, but walking away leaving things undone is likely not the example God intends for you to present to others.
3) Once you know you’ve heard from God, you don’t need to hear from anyone else. When a choice takes you away from the people you know and love you can expect to be opposed by others. But if you know God has spoken to you, the opinions of others shouldn’t deter you from following Him. Do be careful to actually confirm the Word you believe God has spoken to you, and be certain that you’re not just calling your desired course of action ‘God’s will’ for your life.
1 John 2:27 – But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.