Follow Him Now.
It often seems like a greater step of faith, to follow God when life is comfortable.
In Genesis 31, we read the following:
“The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ And he said…I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’” (Gen. 31:11-13)
“Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.’” (14-16)
“Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.” (17-18)
Perhaps it’s just me, but I find Rachel and Leah’s response to Jacob somewhat peculiar. Their rational seems to be “there’s nothing left for us here, so why not follow God?“
I can’t help but to wonder, what if life was going great for Rachel and Leah? What if Dad had plenty of money to pass onto them? Would they have still been so willing to move on?
Obviously, due to that time period, they may have followed their husband, but perhaps they may have tipped off their father before hitting the road!
This leads me to reflect on our lives in general. How many times do we neglect God’s leading when we’re safe and comfortable? Yet, we enthusiastically accept it in times of trouble or hardship?
This concept reminds me of Donald Miller and his most recent work “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“. Miller writes,
“…I realized how much of our lives are spent trying to avoid conflict. Half the commercials on television are selling us something that will make life easier. Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy life.” (Miller, 2009, 186)
It almost seems like it’s a greater step of faith, to follow God when life is stable and comfortable.
Perhaps, you face a decision today. Perhaps, God is asking you to take a step of faith, out of your comfortable life. Unlike Rachel and Leah, perhaps you’re in a place of stability and the decision to make that step is not so easy.
My challenge is to accept God’s challenge and take that step. It may be difficult and it may include some hard work; but it will also include a great adventure! Go ahead and listen to God’s leading…take that step!