A few years ago I was on a Virgin Atlantic flight from the United Kingdom to Lagos, Nigeria. Sitting beside me was a middle aged man who seemed lost in thought. As we continued on our journey we got talking and he told me his story. About 15 years earlier he was a branch manager in a bank in Nigeria but thought that life would be better abroad. He decided to seek greener pastures, sold everything he had and relocated to the UK with his family. When he arrived in the UK, he couldn’t find a white collar job so he accepted odd jobs that were beneath his qualifications. But no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t seem to rise beyond a certain financial level.
With a grave look on his face he concluded his story. “After 15 years of my sojourn in the United Kingdom, I have nothing to show for it. I have no money in the bank, I have no property in the UK, neither do I have any in Nigeria. The only thing I would say I achieved was training my four children through the university. My colleagues I left behind in Nigeria have all become directors in their various establishments. They are all doing well financially. I told them about my situation and they asked me to return to Nigeria and they would help me.” He turned away from me and became lost in his thoughts.
I believe God positioned me to sit beside that man on that flight. Over 200 people on the plane and it had to be this man with such a story who sat beside me. I could have sat beside a successful business man or woman; I could have sat beside a professional who had a good story to tell, but I sat beside this man. The Lord was trying to tell me something, so I paid attention to this man’s story. It had a lot to do with divine location, where God positions you in life in order for you to fulfil your divine assignment.
In the book of Ruth, Elimelech, Naomi and their two sons left Judah for Moab. Things were hard in the land of Judah so they sought greener pastures abroad.
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
Their sojourn in Moab was a disaster and ended very badly. They sought greener pastures abroad but all they found was misery, loss and death. Elimelech and his two sons died mysteriously leaving behind Naomi and her two daughters in-law. She eventually returned to the land of Judah with one daughter in-law who cleaved to her and refused to let her go. That daughter in-law was Ruth and she ended up getting married to a Jew named Boaz. Although the story ended well for Naomi and Ruth, it ended very badly for Mr Elimelech and his two sons. They sought success but ended up experiencing tragic failure in a foreign land.
There is a mystery of being in the right location, at the right place, pursuing the right cause or objective. There is something supernatural about being exactly where The Lord wants you to be. There is a supernatural release of power, grace, wisdom, and favour when we are in the right location in God’s will for our lives. You must understand that there is a place, a physical location that The Lord wants you to live, raise your children, practice your craft, run your ministry, do your business and work. If you are not in that place, for whatever reason, you will not be able to pursue God’s assignment for your life. We cannot live wherever we choose to live. There is a reason why The Lord wants you to live in a certain city, in a certain nation, on a certain continent. There is order in the kingdom and God has a place, a plan and a purpose for each and every one of his children.
Living in an affluent country does not mean that you are living in the centre of God’s will for your life. Your assignment may be thousands of miles from where you live presently. We should never confuse the human instinct for survival and self preservation with God’s direction. Majority of those who travel to foreign lands are motivated by their instinct for survival. However we should understand that the Lord is committed to supplying our needs and enriching our lives wherever he wants us to be.
The Lord wants to guide us into the very place where we will thrive and excel. To put it very simply, it is The Lord who ultimately decides where you should serve him with your talents, abilities and giftings. We do not dictate to The Lord and decide where we want to serve him. If we did, that wouldn’t be service, it would be human ambition, driven by our instinct for survival and self preservation.
We all desire the very best for ourselves, our family and our children. We want our family to enjoy the good things of life. We dedicate ourselves to our work so that we may provide for ourselves and our family. The reason we struggle with God’s will is because we think that God doesn’t understand our needs, our desires, our aspirations and our dreams. We think that whatever his plan for us may be, it doesn’t include satisfying the longing in our hearts for a good life.
But the truth is that The Lord knows and understands us far more than we know ourselves. He is committed to satisfying the desires of our hearts that align to his will. There are desires in our hearts we have never verbalised to anyone but The Lord knows these desires and he has planned to satisfy these desires as we walk in the centre of his will. There are certain dreams and aspirations we’ve carried around in our hearts for years looking for ways to actualise them but haven’t been able to. The Lord knows exactly where, who and how these dreams and aspirations will find expression in our lives.
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
This scripture says The Lord satisfies our mouths with good things. Does this sound like someone who doesn’t want you to ‘enjoy your life’ or ‘be the best you can be’? The bible in Psalms 16:6 says The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, we have a good heritage. God wants his people to have a good life, however it has to be according to his will.
The Lord has the very best plans for you and your family. However this can only happen when we align ourselves with his will. He wants to guide you and bring you to the place or location where he can work out his will for your life.
You may be in a place where you enjoy material and social comforts but you are not doing what The Lord has called you to do with your life. Material and financial comforts are good and by all means you should use your talents to produce value in the marketplace and be financially rewarded for your efforts. However as a believer your life is more than having money and living in luxury. You have to set your heart to pursue God’s will and impact your generation for Christ.
And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father.
The Lord revealed himself to Isaac, Abraham’s son. He WARNED him NOT to go to Egypt. He showed him WHERE to go and thrive. Many people do not listen to divine instructions or warning. They choose to do what they want, live where they like and pursue whatever objectives they desire. When God warns you not to go somewhere, not to live somewhere, not to pursue a certain cause of action, you should pay attention and obey. There are countries on the planet you are not permitted by The Lord to live in no matter how affluent they may be. The kingdom is not about accumulating material things like the heathen who do not know God. The kingdom is about yielding our lives to God to impact the world and change the lives of those who come in contact with us.
At that time Egypt was the richest nation on earth. If you wanted to escape famine, poverty and financial hardship, Egypt would have been your very first choice. Isaac had made plans to go to Egypt to escape the famine in the land, but God had other plans for him. He was cautioned not to go to Egypt. That wasn’t where The Lord wanted him to thrive. Egypt may have been good for someone else but it wasn’t right for Isaac. The fact that your friend traveled to a foreign country and prospered doesn’t mean God wants you to do the same. You should be careful to seek clarity with The Lord in prayer before you sell your property and abandon your present location or country.
Isaac sought the Lord and The Lord instructed him to stay in a particular location and pursue his business as a farmer. God had plans to prosper him where he was. We should understand that God guides us to the location where he’s already made provision for us. The fact that people were running to Egypt in droves didn’t mean that Isaac should do the same thing. Isaac dwelt in that land in obedience to divine instruction.
The bible records that Isaac sowed in that land and received a hundred fold in the same year. This incredible agricultural yield happened in the midst of a famine. It doesn’t matter the level of economic hardship in a country, if The Lord wants you to stay in that country you will prosper in it. Your location is the place God wants you to grow, thrive and prosper. It is your responsibility as a believer to seek the Lord in prayer, to align yourself with his will, to listen to his voice in your heart until you find clarity and when you do, to obey his instructions as he guides you into the location of your divine assignment. It is in that location that you will apply yourself to your business, ministry and calling; it is in that place that you will thrive, blossom and fulfil your kingdom assignment.
May The Lord guide you, bring you to the right location where your calling, business, ministry and family will thrive, blossom and be successful for Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
©Praise George, 2016.