When God calls us to do something, we often find ourselves in an unfamiliar place. Not because we’ve been brought to the destination but often as a result of the calling.
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In Genesis 12, God tells Abraham to leave his country, his people and his father’s household. In Abraham’s day, people lived with their entire family. People didn’t move away like we do today and set up a new household. They stayed on the same land with their siblings and parents. There was strength in numbers and reliability in forging land and flock with your own people.
You have to really understand where Abraham is at emotionally and physically when God calls him to move away. This wasn’t normal to just pick up and move away from known territory. If you pay attention to the scripture in Genesis 12:1, God doesn’t even tell him where he’s going!
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 ESV)
Can you imagine what God is asking of Abraham? Can you put yourself in his place emotionally? Of course you can. As a Stander, we have been called to move to new land. We don’t know where this journey is going to take us when we’re asked; we only know that we’ve been called. To stand for the healing of our marriage, to stand on God’s Word as He intended marriage. To follow Jesus. To ignore the circumstances and focus on God. It’s a scary time. It’s an unknown time. Nothing feels NORMAL to you. Nothing looks THE SAME. Your spouse may be in the house with you but not acting as your spouse and friend or your spouse may not be home with you and is doing one hurtful thing after the other. Your surroundings have changed completely and emotionally this is a new experience.
God makes a promise to Abraham though in the next verse, the same way He has made a promise to you as descendants of Abraham and because of the covenant you’re in with God and your one-flesh mate. Understand this: God’s promises aren’t EMPTY WORDS spoken, they’re a COVENANT. Unbreakable and ours to claim as our heritage as children of God. Abraham may not have had one clue about where he was going or what he might find on the way to the destination, but He does knows God can be trusted and that God has great things in mind for him and He will bring him to the point of receiving the promise.
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3 ESV)
Wow! What a promise. What a gift. What a reason to press on and go forward despite the unknown when you know what’s awaiting you.
There are many changes you’re going through on top of the issues in your marriage. Your family may not be supporting you. Your friends may have deserted you. People may label you in denial, crazy, unwilling to let go and blinded. There may be absolutely no one on this earth that is in support of you or believes what you’ve been promised will come to pass, not even your pastor, but you are not alone.
God has called you to STAND and He is with you. If you believe in the covenant you’re in with God, you know that He’s bringing you through this circumstance to bring you TO His promises. God will often cause us to LEAVE BEHIND what we are familiar with in order to EXPERIENCE HIM in the new place. To get your attention and to show Himself active in your life and to build your faith. Whatever has been REMOVED that was familiar is to build you up in the unfamiliar. Don’t look back at what’s been taken, look forward to what’s coming!
You are not alone even if you feel alone; God is with you wherever you’ve been moved.
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