'The Lord... goes before you and will be with you...' Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
Surely God would only send those he could totally trust into enemy territory? Understand this: God knows where we are at. He has us in the right place, for this time. He has already, or is currently, equipping us, even though we think we're not ready. Our parents wouldn't send us off on a school trip without packing our bags with everything we'd need while we're away. And God won't either.
God understands us. He knows about our desire to stay in one place when things become so comfortable that we don't want to move! He knows it takes troubled waters for us to reach out to him and, as a result, tap into strength and success we never knew possible.
Sometimes nasty environments can be overwhelming; but by God's grace we can thrive in them! If you'll take God with you and keep your identity in one piece, the enemy will lose ground. Don't let him keep you focused on everything that's doing your head in: fear, shame, insecurity, gossip, peer pressure, nasty people. Don't focus so much on the discomfort of the moment that you miss the blessings that lie beyond it.
So what now? While you're praying for God to change your circumstances and take away your problems, he's saying, 'If only you knew what was waiting for you. Your purpose and destiny are only moments away and, though not wrapped in shiny paper, they contain all you'll ever need to reach your goal and bring me glory.' Take God with you!
Soulfood: Is 61:1-9, Luke 4:16-30