Jul
16
2012

What happens when peeople leave

In the last post titled ‘do we know when to exit?, we discussed the importance of knowing when it is time to move on. In this post, we discuss the importance of recognising that people need to leave.

I am a great believer in unity. I believe that we are relational beings that need one another and that no man is an Island. At the same time, I believe that there are times that God brings us to a place where we are entirely alone so that our total focus is on Him. No matter what we do, as it’s a God-orchestrated thing, we find ourselves alone.

My thoughts from this week’s post comes from Genesis 15:3

Backtracking to Genesis 12, God had told Abram to leave his country and his relatives (Genesis 12) to a land He was showing Him. Abraham took Lot his nephew along with him. Then in Genesis 14 we read that Lot departed from Abraham. At this stage, Abraham was still childless, and with Lot’s departure, the apparent heir was gone. The culture of the day meant that Abraham viewed Lot as his heir, after all, Lot was his nephew. This makes Abraham’s statement in Genesis 15:3 somewhat interesting.

‘And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, see, one born in my house is my heir’ (Genesis 15:3)

By Lot’s departure, there was no longer any blood relative that could inherit his possessions. It seems as if it would have been more acceptable to Abraham if Lot had been his successor, though God had other plans. The desire to find a successor means that Abraham now turned his attention to his servant, Eliezer.

Hence Abraham’s next question as to whether his heir would be his servant Eliezer. However, God told Abraham that Eliezer was not going to be his heir either.

In essence, God had taken away from Abraham the ‘natural heirs’ Abraham could believe in. There was not much choice but to believe God.

We are all faced with situations where we have ‘groomed’ other people to take over, have long or short-term expectations about people or sometimes as parents, we map out a way that we expect our children to go. Then, they decide to go their own way and we get disappointed.

When things or people are taken away from us, unless we focus on supernatural living and receive revelation from God about the situation we are in, it’s easy to feel alone and we start to wonder how things are going to work out.

However God’s word is that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 15:3). The presence of God is always with us. When we are unsure of how things will pan out, we have access to God’s wisdom (James 1:5).

In my life and many a times, I have been blessed to hear God’s voice that has given me reassurance. Even very recently, one of the people instrumental in helping with my business had to leave. Very painful. Other times, I have experienced the peace of God to know that things would be okay

Therefore, when we are in a position where we feel all alone and the people we are relying on have gone our heartfelt prayer should be ‘Speak Lord, for your servant heareth’.

Hope you have found this post to be a blessing, so until I appear again in your inbox, stay blessed

Ola

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