God Moves His People
How does God move His people?
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”
So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.”
God’s people through the Ages
God’s tried and true method for getting things done is moving His children all over the earth by persecution and hardship. How many times can you count the movement of God’s people for good eternal purposes by means of hardship or persecution? Here are a few off the top of my head: the tower of Babel, Joseph to Egypt, Israel to Egypt, David to the wilderness, Israel to Assyria, Israel to Babylon, Paul’s persecution of the church in Judea, Claudius’ persecution of the Jews in Rome, the imprisonment of Paul and trial in Rome. Every one of these events brought about great good and at the same time great suffering!
God’s Own Son
Should God’s Son be excluded from God’s ways? No! Jesus was the man of sorrows and his life on earth was a trail of tears! Over and over again the geographical movements of the Lord Jesus were as a result of persecution. Before His birth, God moved Him away from Nazareth because of a new Roman tax program. After His birth, his parents ran for their lives to Egypt and the babies who remain in Bethlehem died. Throughout his life he moved because of persecution.
What about you?
Should you be excluded from the ordinary methods of Gods? Do you think you are greater than Jesus?
Today, if you are where you do not want to be, God has you exactly where He wants you to be. It’s the way the Christian life works. The choice is not yours. It is God’s. Your choice is rejoicing, obeying and seizing the opportunity for God. Your choice is to walk through the door that God has opened or sit on front porch and cry. It’s your choice to be like Jesus and like countless other children of God who have sung hymns in prison and given God the glory in the furnace.
God moves His children for God’s own glory, and God’s own glory is our greatest good!