January 2024 – Divine Repositioning

“The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust And, lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes, And make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, And He has set the world upon them.” 1 Samuel 2:7-8, NKJV.

Happy New Year of joy, peace, favor, advancement, and divine repositioning in Jesus’ Name. There is a lifting for you this year (Job 22:29) because God has promised. “For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things… And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:” (Zechariah 8:12; Isaiah 37:31).

To reposition means to relocate, to change the position of, to readjust, or to reorganize. From this definition and the Bible texts above, it is evident that God is in the business of relocating you from the unfavorable location you are in or the condition you are under. The good news is that God has a desirable destination for you. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Above all, God has the power to put you in the place He has destined for you. Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah LORD GOD! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

One sweet thing about God our Father is that there is always good news with Him. In this context, the good news is that the LORD is set to reposition you now regardless of how you got cut out of your rightful position. It does not matter whether your position was hijacked from you because of your carelessness, or you lost the battle. It does not even matter if it was your parents who handed you over to slavery intentionally or unintentionally. Isaiah 28:21 (NLT) says, “The LORD will come as he did against the Philistines at Mount Perazim and against the Amorites at Gibeon. He will come to do a strange thing; he will come to do an unusual deed.”

Every one of God’s agents that impacted their world and finished well had a divine repositioning at one time or another that was necessitated by the problem they were called to solve. You will discover that this is often the case. For instance, God called Moses to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Joseph was called to feed God’s people in the time of famine in Egypt. David was called to lead Israel in the service and worship of the LORD God of Israel. Peter was called for the salvation of Jews, while Paul was called for the salvation of the Gentiles. There is always a problem before a call. There are always suffering people somewhere before a call. There are deprived people who may perish if we do not do something urgently. It is this uniform testimony that we discover in Esther’s call as well. Though she was protected in the palace, when she heard of the problem the children of Israel were facing, she rose to help.

An in-depth study of the Bible reveals that problems bring the call of God upon people’s lives. Perhaps you saw that people were dying, and the LORD then called you to be a doctor. Perhaps you saw that people were suffering from deprivation and, as a privileged person, you were concerned, and decided to help. That was the case with Esther. You will also find that around you, there are people to be saved, children to be taught, someone to be touched, and families to be helped. These will cause you to realize that there is a call upon your life to rise.

The classic case study is Esther. The character traits of Esther are as revealing as they are profitable and exemplary. What characterized Esther for repositioning:

  1. She was chaste, pure, and modest: Esther lived at the time of the dispersion of the children of Israel and, though she was far away in a foreign land, she maintained a life of chastity and purity. Modesty was depicted in her language, comportment, and appearance. Everything she did portrayed modesty.
  2. She was well trained: Although she was orphaned at an early age, she submitted dutifully to the training of her uncle, Mordecai. She was therefore well-trained in every way. A general review of her life attests to this. Her example poses a challenge to us that though we may have lost one or both parents who could have given us necessary training, we have no excuse for being incorrigible and self-willed.
  3. She was obedient: This obedience was there before and even after she got married to the king. This virtue was largely responsible for her being used by God. If you go through the whole book, you will discover that she was initially reluctant to fulfill the call, but her commitment to listening to Mordecai’s instruction eventually enabled her to carry out the national assignment, rather than any special quality or talent.
  4. She was wise and spiritual: This is portrayed in her dependence upon the LORD. She realized her helplessness in the face of the situation in which the children of Israel found themselves. This shows her deep spirituality because she did not depend upon her skill, her position, or her opportunity as queen. I doubt if any of us would ever be confronted with Esther’s dilemma. If anybody needed wisdom in all this, Esther surely did, and she was wise.
  5. She had self-control and practiced self-denial: When she invited the king to the banquet, not even the king’s promise to grant her the request would make her rush things. Rather, she took her time to feed the king and Haman the following day. We tend to talk too often and too soon because of the pressures of problems. She decided to approach the king at an unusual time, even at the risk of losing her life. This is a vivid denial of self. Esther had self-control and she demonstrated it.
  6. She was meek and quiet: We did not hear Esther’s voice until there was something significant to be said. Such things had to be profitable and result-oriented in terms of soulwinning and deliverance. This is the ornament that a Christian woman ought to possess i.e. the ornament of meekness and quietness.
  7. She was prompt in action: If Esther had wasted time, Haman’s plot would have sailed through, and the children of Israel would have been destroyed. But, as someone who knew how to strike when the iron was still hot, she acted accordingly.
  8. She was bold and courageous in difficulty: She had faith in God. She literally took her life in her hands, saying “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). She had a sense of direction and destiny. Esther saw the difficulty and the unavailability of a man to solve the problem. So, she chose to be the solution. Even in that, she was strategic. There are only two books in the Bible named after women. One is Ruth, and the other is the heroine of our present focus, Esther. Both women were strategic. What they did required boldness and confidence in the LORD.

I pray that when God finds you, you will discover your strategic importance in the place where you are located. Then, you will have no cause to look back and think that you are “useless and helpless.” Such thoughts come from the devil, and not from God. The devil likes you to see your national identity as an accident of fate. Esther was quick to realize that she was not in Ahasuerus’ kingdom by accident. Rather, she stopped being worried by things she could not understand, looked at the position she was occupying and asked herself why she was there. I pray you will also discover why you are where you are, so that you will become somebody of strategic importance in the vineyard of the LORD, in Jesus’ Name.

Conclusion: God needs you as much as you need God. He will divinely relocate you this year for the Master’s grand design and plan for you. Romans 8:30 (NKJV) says, “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Welcome to the New Year of Divine Repositioning for you and yours, in Jesus’ Name.

Prayers:

  • Thank Him because He knows all things and has the power to do all the things He has purposed to do for you (Acts 15:18).
  • By Your mercy, Father, please correct every error in my life that has kept me under, and divinely reposition me and my family, in Jesus’ Name.
  • Father, I know I have a call upon my life; help me, O LORD, to fulfill divine mandate so I can impact my generation for You.
  • I receive the Alpha anointing to start this year well and the Omega anointing to finish well, in Jesus’ Name.
  • I shall not lose any battle this year, in Jesus’ Name.
  • This year, let Your fire of empowerment, protection, divine guidance, and revival fall on me and my family, in Jesus’ Name.
  • Thank You LORD for answering our prayers. Be glorified, LORD Jesus!