In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
In Genesis 46, we see the four components God used to lead Jacob to change location from Canaan to Egypt.
First, God used difficulty. One way God will lead us to make a change is through difficulty in our present situation. For Jacob, God brought a famine to Canaan. God used that crisis to move Jacob to a new location. One way we know God is moving us is through a difficulty He might bring into our life. Sometimes when Christians go through difficulties, they cry out, “God, why are You doing this to me?” But the real question should be, “God, what are You trying to say to me?” God may be using your present difficulty to move you to a new location.
Second, God used desire. Sometimes God moves us by placing a desire in our hearts. Now, we need to be careful here. Don’t fall for the myth, “If I just had a different job or house or mate, then I could truly be happy.” When you change locations just to be happier, you take your present problems with you to a new location. Nevertheless, sometimes God does move us by giving us a desire for a new situation. And that’s what He did with Jacob. God got Jacob to move to Egypt by giving him a desire to see his son Joseph.
Third, God used direction to move Jacob. Now, 25 years earlier Jacob would not have sought God’s will about whether he should move. But in Genesis 46, Jacob stops to seek God’s will. If you ask God to show you His will, He promises to answer. He may reveal His will through Scripture, through prayer, through wise counsel, or through your desires. But the Bible promises that God will guide you if you truly want to follow Him.
Fourth, God used delight. Once we have come to our new location, God will confirm that we are in the right place by placing joy in our hearts. That’s what happened with Jacob. Look at the great reunion scene in Genesis 46:29. “Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father [Jacob]; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.” For 25 years Joseph believed he would never see his father again, and Jacob believed his son was dead. And now here they are, weeping and embracing.
God’s will for you is not some miserable place of unhappiness. Satan’s greatest lie is that if you follow God’s will, you will be unhappy the rest of your life. Understand the story of Jacob. God used difficulties, desires, and direction to lead Jacob into His will. And you know what? It turned out to be the best place in the world. And the same will be true for you. When you allow God to place you in His will, you will experience delight like you have never experienced before.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Elvis Has Not Left the Building” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.