Acts 17:26-27 (Gnt)
From one human being, he created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live. He did this so that they would look for him, and perhaps find him as they felt around for him. Yet God is actually not far from any one of us
as someone has said,
‘In him, we live and move and exist.’
It is as some of your poets have said,
‘We too are his children.’
There is a conviction in my spirit that there is a place called ‘there’ for all of us, a graphical location we are supposed to be… especially children of the most high God. I also believe there are supplies attached to this location and that there are consequences for not being where we are supposed to be.
My first example is of Elijah…
Ikings 17: 2-4
Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Leave this place and go east and hide yourself near Cherith Brook, east of the Jordan. The brook will supply you with water to drink, and I have commanded ravens to bring you food there.”
I strongly believe that if he hadn’t gone there, he would have perished with the famine. And I also want to believe he asked God for direction… God is not a talkative, he said ‘ask and I will tell you, and I will show you’ Jer 33:3, it simply means, if you don’t ask, I won’t tell you a thing.
Making a decision about where to stay, where to reside and the likes of it is very key and important; you shouldn’t leave it to chance or to what the situation is saying per time. we can’t make such decision like that without consulting the one who has himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where we should live…
Supplies are positioned ‘there’, which means you won’t need to struggle to get things…but if you make such decisions without consulting God, we should expect struggles and difficulties and it can even lead to loss of lives and properties as in the case of Elimelech.
Which leads me to my second example: Elimelech (Ruth 1)
Because there was famine in the land, Elimelech decided to relocate his family to another country for a while until the famine be passed but whom did he consult before making that decision? Definitely not God
He couldn’t endure temporary inconvenience; He went after a greener pasture….. or so it seems.
He made an important decision casually…and that was a fatal mistake.
Elimelech left where God placed him and there he died. He moved his family outside the covering of God’s protection and so he lost his sons too.
Relocation is a very important decision to make because it changes your ‘there’
So I see a lot of people dying at the embassy just to leave Nigeria at all cost not because God is calling them to a purpose where they are going but because of the little inconvenience of recession….
Yes, I believe there is a time God may tell you to relocate as he did in the case of Elisha too….
Ikings 17: 7-9
After a while, the brook dried up because of the lack of rain. Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Now go to the town of Zarephath, near Sidon, and stay there. I have commanded a widow who lives there to feed you.”
God instruct people to relocate sometimes because he has prepared another ‘There’ for them. But if you relocate because everybody is doing so, you had better have your own provision because you are ‘on your own’. OYO!
It also covers every area of our lives including career paths, jobs, and the likes…. you can’t change jobs on the basis that it pays better or because everybody is moving out. It should scare you that you don’t know the future of anything. A job that is paying well today may be in the process of going into extinction. Can you ask some staff of NITEL, NEPA, (Nigeria) and lots more highly paying jobs at some point in time? Some people don’t even know what that means anymore. Talk of job security; those were supposedly secured jobs at some point but not anymore.
Only God knows what will endure and what will not. I believe he is the only person that should guide us in making these important decisions of life.
Now, you have to understand that being ‘there’ is not just about you but about others too…. there are lots of destinies attached to your being in the right place and at the right time.
The widow of Zarephath didn’t die with her sons because Elijah was ‘there’ where he was supposed to be, but Elimelech’s sons perished because he was not where he was supposed to be.
So when you make big decisions like this, you have to consider that there may just be others who will also benefit or suffer the consequences with you. That’s scary don’t you think? It’s enough to humble anyone.
When you are there, it doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be immediately smooth… There may be some little inconveniences here and there but if you are sure it is where you are supposed to be, be rest assured that God will open ways before you. He can use even the stingiest bird like a raven to feed you there. He will settle you there, you will bud and fill the whole earth with your fruit; and even in your old age, you will still be bearing fruits.