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By Brian Price 10/6/2014
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There are times when you will find that things are just not working out. When is it time to move on? When do you stop living in the same, run-down condition and decide to make a change? These are not easy questions to answer.

Many of us simply can't just pack our bags and leave. It's not that simple. There is money to think about. Or perhaps the opportunity is not there. Depending on the circumstance, you cannot just "up-and-leave." But when do you say, "Enough is enough. It's time to get out of here."

First consider the following:

1. What are the signs telling you?

2. Is the door of opportunity open?

3. What is God telling you?

Before we answer these questions, I want to pick back up where we left off in the book of Genesis by reading Genesis chapter 46.

"And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here [am] I.

And he said, I [am] God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again:] and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: His sons, and his sonsí sons with him, his daughters, and his sonsí daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt...

...vs 28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.

And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou [art] yet alive. And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his fatherís house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my fatherís house, which [were] in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;

And the men [are] shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What [is] your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servantsí trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, [and] also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd [is] an abomination unto the Egyptians."

We read here in Genesis chapter 46 about God telling Jacob to pack his bags and move down to Egypt. God told Jacob that he would be reunited with his son Joseph, and that he would be able to see him before he died. It had been some 20 years since Jacob last saw his son Joseph. Joseph was just a young man at the age of 17 years old when he last saw his father. And now he was in his 30's.

God said in verse 3, "And he said, I [am] God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again:] and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes."

You can also read that God kept his promise, and the children of Israel later became the nation of Israel, which still exists to this day with all of its Jewish people.

After God spoke to Jacob, he gathered up everything, and took his journey into Egypt, and was reunited with his son Joseph.

The Bible says in verse 29, "And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while."

Notice that it was time for Jacob to go down into Egypt. He had tarried in Bethsheba long enough and now God wanted him to move into Egypt to be reunited with his son.

This story reminds me of the wife of Solomon, Pharoah's daughter. The Bible says, "But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo." - 1 Kings 9:24

When Solomon was finished building a house for his wife, it was time for her to leave her mother's house. The same woman who said in the Song of Solomon, "I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house," the same woman decided it was finally time to leave momma and go be with her husband.

Some young women need to follow that same example. Stop living with your mother, and go be with your husband. Once you are married, you are no longer under the authority of your parents. You are now under the authority of your husband. Not once in the scriptures does it say that in a marriage, the wife's mother is the head of the household. If momma isn't on board with your husband or your wife, then maybe it's time momma gets out of your house and goes back to her own home. In-laws need to recognize that once their children get married, they are no longer children. They are adults and need to be left alone.

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says, "To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."

Ephesians 5:16 says, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

2 Corinthians 6:2 says, "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)"

Romans 13:11 says, "And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed."

Hosea 10:12 says, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."

According to scripture, there is a time for everything. So when is it time for someone to move on? First, what do the signs say?

In the case of Jacob, there was no more food in the land of Canaan, and there was a really bad famine going on. The signs were saying to him that it was time to find some other place to live. There was nothing left where they were already living, and it was pointless to continue living there.

This could be applied to a job situation. If you notice that your house is being run down into the ground with bills, then perhaps the signs are telling you something. It may mean that there are expenses that need to stopped. The Bible says that the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and if your spending habits mostly consist of pizza delivery and alcohol, that might mean that you need to start changing your diet to fit your paycheck.

Or perhaps you are in a relationship that involves a famine of love. Is there a real lack of care and concern? Does the person not return the love? Are you involved in something that feels more like a desert where you are desperately thirsting for love, as opposed to an oasis where the love is really abundant?

In such cases, perhaps you need to pack your bags and leave. Perhaps its time to move on. I am not advocating for divorce, but I am simply saying that there is a time when enough is enough. It's time to move on.

Next, is the door of opportunity open?

We can try and try and try to force the door open, but if the door is closed, leave it alone. Many times we try to make a move when the opportunity is not there. But sometimes, we need to just stay put. Another thing is that the opportunity may need some more time for it to present itself again. Perhaps the door is closed for now, but give it some time, and the door might be open again. But you just need to wait.

Jesus said in Revelation chapter 3:7, "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."

Quit trying to force the door open. If God wants you to move on, he will open the door, and it will be easy to just walk through.

Notice in our text that the Bible says that Jacob traveled in the wagons which Pharoah provided.

It says in Genesis 46:5, "And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him."

Notice that God made a way for Jacob to go down into Egypt. He didn't have to come up with some clever plan to get there. The way was made. The door of opportunity was there and it was open.

And lastly, what does God say?

We often make decisions based upon advice from other people. But ultimately, what does God say about the whole situation? The first place anyone should look for the voice of God is the scriptures. If God is telling you to not to sin with your neighbor's wife, and you decide to commit adultery, then don't blame God for your mistakes. Blame yourself for listening to other people when you knew they could be wrong. When we make life changing decisions, it's always important to involve God on those decisions.

Luke 4:4 says, "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

When we live without the Bible, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Even the most isignificant events in our daily lives require a daily living by the word of God. And if you are not actively reading the Bible, then you may need to find the time to have a daily reading plan.

To wrap up, let me just say that time is of the essence. We don't have a lot of time, but if we are going to live happy lives, we need to make good use of our time and recognize the signs of the times.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:3, "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

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