"The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough on this mountain."--Deuteronomy 1:6(AMP)
The irony is, all too often we are painfully aware of the on-going issue(s)--like the Israelites in Deuteronomy 1:6. We know we are dizzy, nauseous, and need to get the proverbial roundabout. But, what causes us to stay? Why are we reluctant to leave our comfort zone fully cognizant that it is a place of toxic familiarity and stagnation? Why do we remain when we know we should not be there? What is going on in our minds and in our hearts that we should feel compelled to stay in a place of detriment when we know that there will be no progression?
These are soulish questions that must be contemplated within our hearts--in quiet communion before the Father in prayer. When we honestly grapple with our realities--our decisions and choices--and ask ourselves the hard questions and seek the Lord for answers we transition from a place of stagnation to progression. It calls for blatant transparency--I like it here... I'm afraid to move forward... This is all I have ever known... What will my friends say? This is just the way my family is... I know it's bad for me, but I just can't help it...
If we are ever going to leave the proverbial mountains of our lives--we must believe that where we are going is better than what we are leaving. Movement requires a resolute and willful decision to transition beyond what is comfortable, take God at his word, and step forward in faith.
Scriptures for meditation:
- Deuteronomy 31:6
- Psalm 37:23-24
- Psalm 119:105
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Jeremiah 1:9
- Jeremiah 29:11
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you for your word--which is our map and our compass which gives us direction and guidance to navigate through life. I thank you for your word in Deuteronomy 1:6 that empowers us to leave places of dearth and stagnation. I decree your word over those who are struggling to leave the proverbial mountains in their lives. Give them the grace and strength to take a step of faith and move forward. Bind the spirit of fear and worry. Free them of complacency and familiarity. Place a longing for greater in their hearts. Reveal your desire for their lives--may they know that the plans you have for them are good plans to give them a future and hope. In Jesus' name, Amen and so be it according to your word!