“He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in…”
– Deuteronomy 6:13
Have you been calling out to the Lord for help and direction only to find that He begins pulling you out of your areas of comfort? We often want the Lord to bring us happiness where we are at, never realizing that it is that very place God never has promised us.
The Nation of Israel found themselves in this situation. When Joseph had been restored to his brothers and his father, Jacob, he moved them all to Egypt. Israel then grew to become a mighty people in number. Yet they did not flourish there and eventually became slaves to the Egyptians. A land and people that once invited them in and cared for them had become a place of enslavement.
I believe Peter found himself in a similar situation, to a different degree. In the gospels, we see him in his profession as a fisherman when Jesus asks to borrow Peter’s boat for a moment. After they had cast out a little, Jesus sits down and turns to Peter and tells him to “cast off into the deep.” The Lord brought Peter out to bring him in. Jesus brought Peter in close as a disciple. Peter left his profession as a fisherman, his comfort, to follow Jesus as a “fisher of men.”
God has a plan and a land set-aside for each one of us. Sometimes He must draw us out of our situation to bring us into His perfect plan. However, we sometimes have the tendency to hold on tightly, and we leave kicking and screaming all the way. If you are calling out to the Lord for help and guidance in this life, as you should be, do not be surprised when His will takes you from your cozy abode! God has so much more for each of us if we will only allow Him to guide us every step of the way.
“The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good (Rom. 8:28).”
– J.I. Packer