Do you feel like you have to go?
Is something tugging at you to go?
Do you have the faith to stay?
You hear a lot about faith to go but you have the faith to stay put?
Can you put aside your inclinations to leave and ask God if it’s his will for you to stay?
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For some, it requires more faith to stay than to go. Some love the adventure of going and seeing something new and different. Some thrive on constant change. Some get bored easily and are ready to move on.
Some of us are afraid to stay because we don’t trust that God will provide what we need or that we won’t find fulfillment where we are.
God might be calling you to stay, not go.
What if in spite of everything inside you telling you to go, God is telling you to stay?
- Stay loyal through that rough patch at work where nobody else wants to stay because of changes in policies or tasks.
- Stay in your church and help your leaders implement the change that they know God is leading them too.
- Stay in school when you feel like the end is nowhere in sight.
- Stay and fight for your marriage even when you feel like you’re the only one who cares.
- Stay and serve in the small town you and your friends always dreamed you would leave.
Staying requires faith and obedience
Do you have the faith to stay? Will God be more pleased with your faithfulness to stay than in your willingness to go? Sometimes it takes more faith to stay than to go.
The only thing that can keep you where you are is a childlike trust that God can provide everything you need where you are. And that fulfillment will come as you patiently obey your heavenly father and remain faithful to the place He has called you to.
Think about Joseph, Jesus’ step-dad.
Matthew 1:20 (ESV) But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
I’m sure there was a lot inside of Joseph telling him to leave. Go. Staying sounds too difficult.
But he stayed.
He faithfully submitted to God’s will and he was blessed to take part in parenting the most amazing baby in the universe.
Not all are called to go and not all are called to stay. Are you willing to obey regardless?
Both will require faith and obedience.