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Friday, May 25th, '18

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KNOWING WHEN IT'S TIME TO LEAVE

"And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before" (Genesis 31:2 NKJV)

 

Most people face the "when is it time to leave" question at some time or another. There comes that stage when we have contributed all we can add, have worn out our welcome and really are in the way if we choose to stay put. This can happen on the factory floor, in the boardroom, as a member of a church or even as that church's pastor. I've made the decision at a few junctures, "It's time to move on". Israel settled down in Egypt but they weren't permitted to stay. There came a time for leaving. Unrest is the first clue. Life had become futile, breaking their backs to put out each day's quota of bricks. When it gets to where it is simply no fun anymore it may be that God is leading you to shift your focus. Now that must be taken in context. If kids quit school, spouses filed for divorce or pastors turned in their resignations every time discontent set in we would have a very unstable society. Most pastors need to re-sign not resign. But there are times when the cloud lifts and the wise person follows God rather than parks his trailer at a dead-end street.

 

You can know it's time to leave when the brook dries up. Elijah had been sustained miraculously at Cherith but when the brook dried up God ordered him to move to Zerephath. When the brook of anointing starts to dry up it should drive us to our knees for direction. Lot's wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Remaining inflexibly loyal to a tradition, institution, person or place at the expense of God's will always leaves the individual stuck in a time warp. We are to be movements, not monuments. Lot's wife was unwilling to leave yesterday behind and paid for it, crystallized in the land of neither here nor there. 

 

It's time to leave when there can be no meeting of the minds. In law it's called "irreconcilable differences". Sir, if you can't get with the program, you need to quietly bow out. That is the fuel behind church fights. "I've been in this church for fifty years and no whipper-snapper wet behind the ears preacher is going to come in here and change the way we've always done it". Sorry, this is a new day and it is time to change. By all means try to reconcile, sit down and talk it out, make every accommodation possible. But in the end there's no need to cry over spilt milk, and you can't unscramble an egg. It might be time to part company. And that is not always a bad thing. The body grows through cellular division. Sometimes we have to divide in order to multiply. Jacob eventually had to leave Laban. It had been a long-term partnership but there was a lot of bad blood between the two. Jacob saw that the countenance of Laban "was not favorable toward him as before". You can feel it even if no one says it. With that many years together wouldn't it be a tragedy for them to part stock and go their separate ways? Not really because God had a higher plan for Jacob's life. Don't tenaciously hold on to the good when you are within reach of the best. Or as Mike Murdock says, "Never breathe life into what God is trying to kill". But we should also remember the flipside of that, "Never seek to kill something God is trying to revive". He's surely trying to revive your marriage, so don't leave. And He's probably trying to revive your church, so I think you can afford to give it one more shot. But when the cloud lifts and moves on, you're doing no one a favor by prolonging the inevitable. It's probably time to go.


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