The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Psalm 19:8

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Question:

The political situation in South Africa is stressing me out. I don’t see a safe future here anymore and want to emigrate - but my leaders tell me that I should only move if God has told me to. Surely God doesn’t mind if I move to a safer country with more economic prospects?

 
Answer:

The Scriptures tell us that God has a specific plan for our lives. “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”  Ps 139:16.

The question is not whether I am safer or have more opportunities, but what the Will of God is for me. Abraham moved to a foreign country because God instructed him to do that (Gen 12:1). Elijah stayed in his country during famine and God took care of his needs via ravens and a poor widow, because that was God’s Will for him at that time (1 Kgs 17:5). Naomi’s family moved to another country for economic reasons and the end results were disastrous (Ruth 1:1-5). God knows the end from the beginning and He knows where we need to be at any given moment of our lives. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His Will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” Prov 3:5, 6 (NLT).

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