Moving On: Leaving the Past Behind to Embrace the Future

by Karin Peavy on January 25, 2013

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Couple with moving boxes.


Do you ever think about moving on? Do you need to leave your country, kindred and your father’s house? This is a strange question, right? Let me explain.

God spoke to me about moving on and I remembered that He gave Abraham this directive (his name was Abram at the time and God later changed it to Abraham). One day I remembered these instructions and searched the Bible for the verses. I thought the verses I was looking for┬ácontained the word “up” as in the Lord telling Abram to “get thee up.” However, I learned that the word “up” is not found in the King James Version. Here is what the verses (Genesis 12:1-2) actually say:

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee OUT of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”

After reading this passage, I suddenly realized God was speaking to me. You see, I had received an invitation to a relative’s birthday party. It sounded like great fun. However, I was not able to attend and because of that, I went into turmoil. I feared criticism for not going. My fear was unfounded in this case. Still, I knew God was dealing with me about not caring what other’s think.

I have sometimes struggled with the fear of being left out. To combat this fear, God has urged me to strive to be led by the Spirit every day. My goal is to be at the right place at the right time even if that means missing a family event.

When God instructed Abraham to leave his family, he was 75 years old. Imagine leaving all that is familiar at that age! However, God had a plan for Abraham. He had a land he wanted him to have (Canaan). He wanted to make a great nation of him. (Yes, even at that age. In fact, Abram’s son, Isaac, was born when Abram was almost 100 years old!) None of this was going to happen where he now lived. You see, Abram came from a land of idolatry. The Bible describes his country as Ur, land of the Chaldees, which later became Babylon, a place of false gods and doctrines.

Some of us have also come from a “land” of “false gods” and “doctrines.” Within families, there are opinions and standards that can keep us from following God’s plan. For instance, it might be a tradition for all men to become doctors. What will happen if a male child does not have the ability to be a doctor? What would everyone say if he wanted to be a lawyer? What will happen if a female family member wanted to become a doctor? We should want our loved ones to become whatever God designed them to be.

Leaving might mean separating yourself from family members who are not contributing anything positive to your life. In other cases, you might need to “leave” emotionally and psychologically. This means separating yourself from opinions and expectations when they differ from what God wants you to do with your life.

For you see, we each have a “Promised Land.” God wants to make each of us into a “great nation.” However, that can’t happen until we follow the same instructions God gave to Abram: “get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land I will shew thee:”


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