Have you ever felt like you were on the wrong job or in the wrong city or married to the wrong person? For some of you who are reading this, God is saying, You are in the right place. The Israelites probably felt like the wilderness was the wrong place, but God led them through the right place for forty years to humble them, to prove them and to know what was in their hearts, whether they would obey Him or not (Deuteronomy 8:2). When God delivered them from Egypt, they danced and praised Him with their mouths, but to know what was in their hearts, they had to be tested (proven). He allowed them to go hungry just to see how they would react (Deuteronomy 8:3). In the wilderness, He was stripping them of pride and teaching them how to trust and to solely depend on Him. God wanted them to obey Him so that they would live, prosper, enter and own the land that He promised their ancestors (Deuteronomy 8:1, MSG). He was trying to give them something. He wanted them to have what their ancestors never had.
Last week, my manager told me that she was giving me more responsibilities because I wasn’t created to just do what I was doing and that there was more in me. I loved all the things she was saying until she said, ‘And I’m going to squeeze it out of you’. Squeeze??? Sounds like it’s going to hurt and it sounds uncomfortable, too. There are a lot of things that may not sound good, but it is good for you. You see, nothing can grow when it is comfortable. What God was doing then in them is what He is doing now in us. The purpose of the humbling and the testing is so that He may do you good in the latter end (Deuteronomy 8:16). He is preparing us for the good that He wants to give us, but can He trust us? When He does what He said, will we forget Him?
God is also doing in us what He did in the earth on the first day of creation. He is still separating light and darkness. The bible tells us that God saw that the light was good, but He never said darkness was good (Genesis 3:4). God loved the world so much that He gave us the true Light and now it’s time for us to be the children of light. We are in the world, but the world shouldn’t be in us. We can’t make a difference if we choose to remain the same as the world. What fellowship can light have with darkness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:17).
Let us become like the two blind men who wanted what Jesus came to give them. Jesus had just left Jairus’ house. The ruler’s daughter was pronounced dead, but now she was alive. The blind men heard about what happened, faith came based upon what they heard and they followed Jesus. If Jesus could raise up that young girl, surely He could restore their sight. The bible tells us that the men cried, but Jesus kept walking. They also asked Jesus to have mercy on them, but Jesus kept walking. Then, Jesus went inside a house. Anyone else would have thought that Jesus didn’t hear them or He didn’t care or maybe they didn’t deserve it, but these men didn’t stay outside. They didn’t turn back around and they didn’t give up. Instead, they continued to seek Him and they followed Him inside the house. It wasn’t their crying that moved Him, but it was their ‘Yes, Lord’ (Matthew 9:28) and their faith that moved Him (Matthew 9:29).
God didn’t force it on them and He’s not going to force it on you. You have to want what God has given you. Not only were these men in the right place to hear what Jesus had done, but their hearts were in the right place. They believed what they heard. The King James version tells us that Jesus told the men, According to your faith be it unto you, but I love what The Message version says: Become what you believe (Matthew 9:29). The reason why some of us haven’t become what we heard is because we don’t believe. The reason why certain things haven’t come into existence yet is because we don’t believe. You must believe that God is able to do this (Matthew 9:28).
In the wilderness, God brought water out of a very hard rock (Deuteronomy 8:15) and He is able to bring forth much more out of His people – even the stubborn, the proud or the ones set in their ways – IF we would become willing and obedient. Just as dead Lazarus was commanded to come forth, so shall every gift, every calling, every word and every fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) come forth because God has commanded it. The church as well as the world needs what’s in you. Don’t resist what God is doing because it’s uncomfortable and don’t give up because it seems too hard because there is nothing too hard for the Lord.
Today, believe that God has you in the right place. Believe that He knows what He is doing. He is good and everything He does or allows the enemy to do still works together for good to them that love Him and to them who are the called according to His purpose. It may look like nothing good can come from the wilderness and it may look like nothing can grow there, but trust God.
You are in the right place.