Why Does God Move You From Place To Place?

34 Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:34-25 BSB

The cloud is God’s presence. God’s presence is so powerful that when He is in the tabernacle (Tent of Meeting) no one can enter.

22 Whether the cloud lingered for two days, a month, or longer, the Israelites camped and did not set out as long as the cloud remained over the tabernacle; but when it was lifted, they would set out. 23 They camped at the LORD’s command, and they set out at the LORD’s command; they carried out the LORD’s charge according to His command through Moses.

Numbers 9:22-23 BSB

Some might wonder why they have to move so often, even though things seem to go well, where they are at, or why things turn out bad. One moment we have a good job, and the next, we don’t. Doors seem to be closed, no matter how hard we search for a job.

Just know that when God has been lifted up, so to speak, and has closed all the doors so you won’t be able to stay where you are presently living, He wants to move you to a new location. Why does God do this? The answer is found in Acts 17.

26 From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Acts 17:26-27 BSB

Through one man, Adam, God brought about all nationalities that we see today on the earth. The people that existed in the past, exist today, and will exist in the future were designed by the Lord to live at a specific time, nation, city, and neighborhood so that they may find Him for their salvation.

17 Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17 BSB

Christians are being moved from place to place so that the gospel can reach those that God has appointed for salvation will hear it. The Lord can even move His children to another country for that reason. And, the saint that God has chosen to move has a character that will best suit the person that God wants to reach with him.

Your character is unique, and the Lord made you that way for a specific purpose to reach those with the same character or one that can easily relate to the other person, opening up their hearts to Jesus. Now, we know that our personalities cannot convict anyone of their sins. The Holy Spirit is the only one that can do that. However, the Lord Jesus Christ enjoys using our personality, knowing that the other person will take to it and allow us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them.

If you find yourself moving a lot, know that Jesus has a purpose for it. The main goal being, to reach others with the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God has placed you in this era to use you to bring those who He has placed within you to Him.

Jesus Wants To Use You In A Powerful Way

4 Now the Jewish Feast of the Passover was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.

7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a small piece.”

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?” -John 6:4-9 BSB

Over five thousand people were famished and needed to eat, or else they could collapse and faint from starvation while traveling back to their homes. Jesus gave the disciples the task to feed five thousand people. From a human perspective, it seemed that Jesus gave an impossible command, but when the Lord asks us to do something, it’s because He will be the one making it happen.

The disciples needed almost a year’s wages to feed all those people. Andrew, on the other hand, he presented the boy’s lunch to Jesus, which consisted of five pieces of bread and two small fish for the whole crowd.

After Andrew brought up the boy’s lunch, he quickly realized that what the boy had couldn’t possibly feed such a large crowd.

In John 6:11, the boy willingly gave up his lunch to Jesus. Jesus took the little bit that the boy had to bless so many people.

How about you? Has Jesus asked you to do something that seems impossible? All you can do is obey and give Jesus what you have, and you will see a miracle happen. He will do what you cannot if only you choose to obey His Word. Jesus will use you to bless more people with the good news and to meet their basic needs than you can possibly do without Him. The best part is that He will credit you with what He did through you. Jesus doesn’t need anyone to accomplish His will, but He wants us to participate with Him so that He can bless us for obeying and doing His will.

How A Believer Is Used By The LORD

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[Philippians 2:13] 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.

I will use an illustration of [wood, nail, hammer, glove, and hand] to show how God uses you if you belong to Him.

  • [Wood] It represents the human heart
  • [Nail] It represents the Word of God
  • [Hammer] It represents the conviction of the Holy Spirit
  • [Glove] It represents the believer
  • [Hand] It represents God

God [the hand] uses the believer [puts on the glove], to share the gospel, the message of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. The person gets convicted by the Word of God [the nail gets hammered into the wood]. God uses His Word to penetrate the person’s heart. The LORD gives him enough understanding of the gospel to convict him of his sins and a need of a Savior, found only in Jesus Christ.

The illustration above shows a construction taking place [the ministry of the Holy Spirit] to build a house of worship [bring people to faith in Jesus Christ], bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.