Despite growing up and knowing that God lives in my heart, He still seemed far away. My mouth confessed how close and near He was but my approach towards Him didn’t align with this. God was this big guy who loved me but was far away and i felt like i had to constantly ‘work’ my way to Him. This was an exhausting task in itself and really made the concept of grace unbelievable. I wasn’t scoring well in the work aspect. I tried in my own way and did what i could but the more i tried the more my efforts were futile. I was looking for where God was because i hadn’t gotten the revelation that He was in me.
From the stories of Jacob, Moses and Joshua in the bible, i realised how easy it can be for us to be in a place where God is and not even realise it. In the case of Jacob in Genesis 28:10-17, he was running away from the consequences of his sin. He has stolen his brother’s birthright, deceived his dad and stole his brother’s blessing. Afraid of what might happen to him if his brother found him, he was on a run for his dear life.
When fleeing from our past, we most times have two things in our mind. What we are running away from and what safety looks like for us. Because our mind is busy we often don’t take a moment to pause and reflect on where we are.
Bethel didn’t look like Bethel until Jacob’s eyes were opened.
We hear a lot about relocation but not often do we hear about us examining where we are. God entered into a covenant with Jacob in Bethel – a place where He never knew God was.
Could it be that Jacob never expected a place where God was to look the way it looked?
Could it be that we are missing our moments because we are expecting God to present Himself in a particular way?
Have we confined God to a box?
Although Moses was doing his job in a place called the mountain of God (Sinai), it wasn’t in his consciousness that God was there. Despite the name gave it away, he has become too used to the place that it meant nothing to him until he had the supernatural burning bush encounter (Exodus 3).
Many of us act like Jacob and Moses. And to be honest, life has a way of bashing us and covering our eyes from seeing clearly. Surviving isn’t an easy task. When running away from pain, divorce, sickness, joblessness, or even the consequence of our actions, survival and safety becomes all we search for. But;
What if all we need to win is in us.
What if the very job we despise so much is the place God wants us to be.
What if that situation that seems so complex is the Sinai where God wants to reveal Himself.
What if we have been running away from the place of our miracle.
What if we are running towards the ‘green land’ and neglecting the vineyard that will feed us and our generation.
I am writing to challenge us all to run less and listen more. Listening might just save us strength, time, and resources that are wasted in unnecessary relocation.
I want to end this by also mentioning how this relates to the power available at gathering of believers. We can be in a place where the power of God is evident and yet still don’t see it. This happens because our minds are often clogged with earthly needs and desires. If God is in us and He is in the midst of where two or three are gathered in His name, can you imagine the power available in our fellowships? We need to stop taking fellowships with believers for granted because when we do, we are hindering our ability to receive.
Seeing life with our spiritual eyes is important. I pray our eyes and minds are opened to see what God sees. Many of us are limited because we don’t see far. I don’t believe in faith without works. But faith can’t be activated when we can’t even see in the spirit. Faith is when we see in the spirit what we don’t see in the physical. God told Abram in Genesis 13:14-15 that He will have as far as He could see. So if he had only focused his mind on 1 acre of land, that’s all he would have gotten.
I pray that the veil covering our eyes will fall off so we are able to see what God wants us to see. I pray that we stop undermining our places of assignments. I pray we stop taking fellowships with believers for granted. And that we will know and acknowledge God’s presence available even in unexpected places.