"He (Abram) took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there." Genesis 12:5 (NIV)
It is so frustrating to see so many people struggling financially while certain people seem to be doing better and better financially. People that have the money to invest in the stock market are generally experiencing significant growth with their investments. Some of the same business people that contributed to the real estate bubble that burst and caused a global financial meltdown are now making huge profits investing in the same real estate and financial products that caused the recession. Every day the stress seems to intensify as families try to make financial ends meet. Not only are the people who do not have jobs earning less money than they need, but so many millions of people just cannot find a job that pays anything.
Many religious leaders have offered numerous suggestions to address the problem. Some invite people to give money to them to receive blessings from God; others offer assistance with resumes and support in looking for work; almost all provide financial assistance in the form of some benevolence. And everyone prays that things will get better. After all, a loving God cannot possibly want people to suffer and go without.
God certainly wanted Abram (later Abraham) and Sarai (later Sarah) to have what they needed. They lived in a place called Harran and they were doing pretty well there. God had more for them, but it was in a different place. So they left Harran and travelled to Canaan because their blessing was in a different place. By the time Abraham died, he was described as having been blessed by God "in every way." (Genesis 24:1)
It may be time to consider the possibility that there is an opportunity for you in a different place. This news was shared on CNN Money two years ago:
"Vickie McMullen and her husband were living in one of the poorest cities in North Carolina, and they knew they needed to move to dig themselves out of debt. When they looked online earlier this year and saw the number of high-paying job opportunities in Williston, North Dakota -- less than 50 miles from Watford -- they knew it was the place to jumpstart their lives.
"Dear God: Remove the limitations that I place on myself and show me where I can go to access new opportunities. Amen."