When people walk away, walk with God

04/06/17 | God's Timing, Love, Self Improvement

It doesn’t matter if they are friends, a significant other, a family member, or a loved one.  When someone you care about walks out of your life for whatever reason, it’s painful all the same.

There are relationships God places in your life that are seasonal, and there are ones that can last a lifetime.

With age, you’ll notice that your once tight-knit circle of friends has dwindled down to maybe one or two people, or you’ve seem to be growing apart from your long-term relationship.  

When you carefully and prayerfully examine the people you spend the most time with, God will send you signs that this person is meant to be in your life or not.  Growing apart from relationships can be completely disheartening, but also normal in your walk with Christ. If you look more closely at who you’re surrounded by and become worried, you might be holding yourself back from what God wants to do in your life.  

When you feel something pulling you away from a particular person, God is trying to tell you that it is time to cut your ties.  God placed this person in your life for just a season, and now it’s time to move on.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that there are a few reasons why God places seasonal people in your life.

To teach a lesson

We all know that God’s places people in our lives to teach us lessons for the season that we’re walking in.  But God also places seasonal people in your life for you to teach them.  When you find yourself not being able to directly hear God’s voice, He will speak you to through loved ones, church elders, or those who have wisdom to share.  In this same manner, God can place you in someone’s life for their season to give them wisdom that you’ve learned in your walk with Christ.  

You became too dependent

When God sees that you’re too dependent on someone, you’ll notice that this person hurts you in ways that’ll make you question their motives and feelings toward you. This is a sign from God telling you that you placed too much trust in this person.  God wants us to place our trust and love in Him, not flesh (Psalm 118:8).  God wants to be the focus and the center of our lives, but becoming too dependent on flesh doesn’t give God the position He wants and deserves in our lives.  God will remove people so we remember that He is the only one that can bring us out of the trials we may face and will comfort us every step of the way.  Instead of giving into your feelings of loneliness, seek God’s companionship.

Everyone can’t come 

Where God plans on taking you will not be the same journey as your friends, family members, or a significant other.  No one walks the same path in life, so expect that where God is leading you is a path that was designed for you in mind.  By God removing people from your life, you are now in a position to refocus your energy solely on Him.  Just by removing toxic people from your life, you’ll reap the benefits physically, financially, mentally, and spiritually.  God is weeding out the unfaithful, cleaning out the soil, and preparing you for a new harvest.

The next time God removes someone from your life, you will initially feel hurt, disappointed and confused, but recognize that God knows what is best for you and wants you to continue to trust His plan for you.  

When people walk out of your life, continue to walk with the Lord.