Do you know the signs God is moving you in a New direction? Our plans will not always be the same as God’s plans. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God always wants the best for us, and His thoughts for us are greater than we could imagine. There are times in our lives when God may move us in a new direction.
This can be a challenging and uncertain time, but it is also an opportunity to grow and trust in God’s plan for our lives.
Why Would God Move You in a New Direction?
- To bless you. God moved Abraham from Haran to Canaan to bless Him.
- To promote you. God moved Joseph from his homeland to a new place to promote him.
- To guide you to our true calling.
- To protect you. God moved Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus to Egypt to protect Jesus from being killed by Herod.
For us to fully trust the plan of God of taking us in a new direction, we must know how this happens.
Highlighted below are 13 signs God is moving you in a new direction:
When You Are Feeling Unsettled or Uncomfortable.
When the Israelites were moving to Canaan, they overstayed at one place. Even though they were prospering in everything they did, they felt unsettled. They said to themselves, ‘we have stayed in this camp for way too long, we need to break camp.’
This restlessness made them move in the direction that God wanted them to move. God wanted them to move forward to Canaan. You may have a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction with your current situation because God wants you to move in a new direction.
When Doors and Opportunities Keep Closing.
When God is moving you in a new direction, you may experience closed doors or roadblocks in your current path. You may try seeking out opportunities for work, relationships, and other things to no avail.
Even though not all closed doors indicate that God is moving you in a new direction, it could be just that. God has a way of preventing things from working out so that you can turn and head in the direction that He wants you to.
When You Experience Promptings of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit lives within us. He convicts our hearts when we are moving in a way that does not align with God’s plan.
He speaks to us in a still voice to move us in a new direction. Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
You may feel a prompting or nudging from the Holy Spirit to move in a new direction. You should not ignore this small voice because it is the way that God uses to move us to new places.
Through Confirmation of an Answered Prayer.
There may be things you have been praying for but God has not answered yet. Unanswered prayers and requests may scare us from moving forward.
However, when the right time comes for God to move you in a new direction, He will answer your prayers. He will grant you all your heart desires to confirm to you that it is time to move forward.
Deuteronomy 1:6-7 (NIV) says, “The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites;
go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates.”
God may confirm His plan for you through His Word or an answered prayer. He confirmed this to the Israelites when they felt that they had overstayed at the mountain.
When You Feel Discontented in Your Current Position.
Discontentment is feeling that what you are doing or where you are is not worth your time and effort. You may feel discontented with your current job, business, relationship, or any other area of your life.
This may involve a strong sense within you showing that you are missing out on something. God may use this feeling to guide you in a new direction.
This may lead you into re-evaluating your priorities, passion, goals, and ambitions. It may also prompt you to make changes in your personal or professional life. In some cases, this may involve taking a great step of faith, like Abraham, and soldiering on.
When You Receive New Opportunities.
Revelation 3:8 (NIV) – “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
When God sees that your deeds are pleasing to Him, He may create opportunities for you to move to new directions and heights. God may bring new opportunities your way that align with His plans and purposes for your life.
When You Experience Unusual Circumstances.
Strange things may happen in your life that may leave you wondering where they are coming from. This may come in various forms like a sudden illness or an occurrence of something that you have never experienced before.
At the moment, you may get scared and worried. But, this should not always be something to worry about. It could be a sign that God is using these unusual circumstances to lead you in a new direction
When You Face Challenges.
Challenges may not always indicate a season of suffering. Sometimes, you may face challenges or obstacles that require you to trust in God’s plan and direction.
Romans 8:18 (NIV) says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Challenges may come your way to prepare you for better things ahead. They may come to strengthen you as God plans to take you in a new direction.
When There Is No Progress in Your Life.
When you get too comfortable with your condition, God may cause you to experience stagnation. Stagnation can be a frustrating and confusing experience for Christians. We may feel like God is not present in our lives.
However, it is important to remember that God can use it to prepare us for new opportunities and directions. When we feel stuck or stagnant, we should view it as an opportunity to reflect on our personal goals.
Perhaps we have become too comfortable in our routine or have lost sight of our true purpose. God may be using this time to help us refocus and realign our priorities.
God often calls us to step out of our comfort zones and embrace new challenges. But as humans, we may settle in places where He did not intend us to settle. When this happens, God limits our progress in such places so that we can wake up from these comfort zones.
Change of Heart.
A change of heart can be a powerful and transformative experience for Christians. It is often a sign that God is at work in our lives to move us in a new direction.
Sometimes, a change of heart can come suddenly; through a powerful encounter with God or a personal crisis. Other times, it may happen gradually. Regardless of how it happens, is a reminder that God wants us to move in a new direction.
When we experience a change of heart, it is important to listen to God’s voice. We must discern what He is calling us to do and walk in obedience to His voice. This may mean letting go of old jobs, businesses, or relationships.
A change of heart is an invitation to embrace change. It is an opportunity to align ourselves with God’s will and become the people He created us to be. When you experience a change of heart or a shift in your priorities and values, do not ignore God’s voice.
When Conflicts Keep Arising.
Genesis 13:7-9 (NIV) – “And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
Conflicts and disagreements are a common experience in our lives. They can arise in our relationships, in our workplaces, in our communities, and even within ourselves. They may be a sign that God is moving us in a new direction.
God wanted to move Abraham in a new direction. He wanted to move him to Canaan so that He could give him the whole land to him and his descendants. God used a conflict that arose between the two men’s herdsmen to move Abraham to a different place.
Conflicts can be a sign that God is calling us to a new direction or a new phase in our journey. When we encounter conflicts, we can ask God to reveal to us when and where He wants us to move.
When God Says It to You in a Dream or Vision.
Genesis 12:1 (NIV) – “Then the Lord said to Abram, leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
When God wanted Abraham to move in a new direction, He talked to Him. God may directly speak to us through a vision, a dream, or through our church minister. He may tell you, ‘this working environment is not conducive to your faith, I want you to move.’
God has never used someone to move me from a relationship I never wanted to leave. At first, I thought that this person did not want the best for me. I was reluctant at first but moved when I could not take it any longer.
Later on, I realized that it was not the person asking me to move, but God. We need to be spiritually alert so that we may be able to know when God is asking us to move.
When God Limits His Provision.
Genesis 13:5-6 (NIV) – “Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.”
God has the power to provide enough for everyone regardless of the number of people. Through Jesus, He fed five thousand men with only two fish and five loaves. However, He limited His provision for the flocks and herds of Abraham and Lot.
This was because He wanted Abraham to move in a new direction that he had intended for him. When He had asked Abraham to leave his father’s household, He told Abraham that he was to settle where He would show him.
However, Abraham chose to go and settle where he had first built an altar for God. God had to take Him out of this place to a new direction by limiting the feeds for the herds.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs, it may be an indication that God is moving you in a new direction.
It is important that you seek God’s guidance, pray for wisdom and discernment, and trust in His plan for your life.
God’s plans for us are good and ultimately lead to His glory and our growth. Trust in Him, and He will guide you in the way you should go.