Before her passing, my grandmother would sing a song entitled, “You Gotta Move.” The lyrics read in part: “You got to move; you got to move…when the Lord gets ready, you got to move.” Although simple on surface, these words embody a powerful truth for women of faith. When God says move, it’s time to move!
The idea of movement in response to God is evidenced clearly in the life of Abraham. “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house. Go to the land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1 GW)
Although these words were spoken to Abraham thousands of years ago, for many of us they still hold true. God has instructed us to leave behind unhealthy relationships, careers, social environments, living quarters, attitudes, and yes, even ministry associations. These things have kept us from walking into the fullness of our destiny with God. It is therefore time to move. “[W]e must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us.” (Hebrews 12:1 GW) “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourself of all such things.” (Colossians 3:5-8 NIV)
What is keeping you from moving? Is it comfort? Uncertainty? Fear? Impatience? Whatever the answer may be, consider the first three words of the text: “The Lord said.” If the Lord said it, it’s divine instruction. It’s not subject to consideration or debate. “When the Lord gets ready, you got to move.”
Although leaving things behind may be difficult, when God instructs us to do something, it is designed for our good. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) God loves us and will not lead us down the wrong path. When God instructed Abraham to move, it positioned Abraham for an even greater blessing. Abraham could not have received the promises of God if he had not obeyed God’s instruction. Has God told you to go somewhere? Have you obeyed?
When God instructs us to leave certain things behind, it is important to remember that God does not tell us to leave without a command to “Go.” Leaving one place always means that we are headed to a new one. The places that God will take us in the midst of obedience are intended to move us closer to our destiny. Hence, we can either remain stagnant where we are (consider Lot’s wife turning into the pillar of salt in Genesis 19:26) or we can move with God and avail ourselves to the fullness of His blessings.
Finally, as we begin to move, we must remember God’s words, “I will show you.” God promises to be our guide. We have nothing to fear. God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)
When God says move, it is indeed time to move. Letting things go can often be scary, but remember that God is moving us to higher heights. We must learn to trust Him and know that He is leading us onto the right path.
Thank You for Your enduring love and patience. Help us to hear Your instructions and follow. You have commanded us to walk by faith and not by sight. Help us to remember that Your promise comes through such faith. Teach us how to operate in obedience and move according to Your will. Continue to walk with us and show us Your way. Guide us into the path of our destiny that we may glorify Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take heed to God’s instruction, let go, and MOVE. The path to righteousness does not always bring ease, but God has promised to be our guide. I EMPOWER you to trust God and know that the fullness of His joy resides in the path that He has designed for you.
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)