Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” (Genesis 31:3)
Have you ever been in a situation — a job or a relationship — that wasn’t conducive to your health, physically or spiritually, but you felt trapped? You felt like you were stuck and didn’t have anywhere to go? Perhaps you felt as if God had not given you a release to change your situation? What do you do in that scenario?
Jacob had worked for Laban for two decades and had done so honorably, all the while realizing that Syria was not his final destination. There must have been times when he felt like getting out of his situation because he just couldn’t take it anymore. Yet, he remained faithful in his post until he heard God speak clearly to him to return to Canaan and his family.
How many times have we prayed, “God. You said you wouldn’t put any more on me than I can handle and I can’t handle any more.” After that prayer, have you noticed that He almost always gives us more to handle — just when we think we can’t take on one more burden? God knows how much we can bear and calibrates our tests in accordance with our spiritual maturity. He allows this stretching and squeezing to touch our lives so that we may grow into the person He has ordained us to be.
While we’re in this season of testing, knowing full well that God has more for us, it is important that we don’t get ahead of God and that we don’t lag behind Him. The day of release will come and we need to be in the right place and right frame of mind when that day comes. In the meantime, do what you know to do until God tells you what to do.
Blessings and Shalom,