Recently I realized that many of us are doggedly striving to hold onto ground that is not ours to hold. While we assume that ground is our precious and rightful possession, to be defended at all cost, we are sadly deceived. God calls us to move forward into His promises and purposes for us. However, quite often, after the initial excitement of salvation and of digging into the glorious truths expressed in His word and the benefits of knowing Jesus as our Lord, we set out on the road to our new life and end up waylaid on the roadside, or even in a ditch. When the storms of life come our way (and they DO!), we are fiercely focused on survival and somehow end up taking on the identity of the storm rather than the identity of our Savior. Before we know it, we are hanging on in Camp Lack, Camp Fear, Camp Loss, Camp Infirmity, or Camp Despair. Our struggle to hold on in adversity has become our identity, without our realizing it.
When we feel stuck, what can we do? The first step is to recognize that the Lord never intended us to camp there in the first place; He has appointed us to bear His identity and to break out of captivity to the things that weigh us down. Does that mean we never face storms or problems? Of course not! However, it does mean that we seek Him first and trust Him to impart His nature to us as we move through the storm (as opposed to securing our tent pegs in the wrong camp).
In Micah 2:13, the prophet says: “The breaker [the Messiah, who opens the way] shall go up before them [liberating them]. They will break out, pass through the gate and go out;
so their King goes on before them, the Lord at their head.” It is high time we abandon the land of captivity, move OUT, and move INTO the new fields of fruitfulness and pastures of provision!
Father, show me where I have parked and set up my tent in the wrong camp! Teach me how to pull up the stakes and move out and on with you, in Jesus’ Name!