A couple of years ago, my wife planted plants in our backyard. Because the massive oak tree creates so much shade, most of the plants didn’t grow. One of the plants she transplanted to the front yard, and it exploded. Now we have to figure out how to prune it back and keep it the correct size. You can grow where you are planted as long as your life is full of the Son of God.
“But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.”
God’s blessing has always been on Israel. It’s not to say there hasn’t been judgment for wicked behavior, but they have always benefitted from God’s provision. While they were in Egypt, they were fruitful and increased significantly in numbers. It got to the point that the Egyptians became afraid that Israel would be led by an enemy to turn on them. For a family that got to Egypt with around 70 people, it became a nation over four hundred years. To counteract this, Egypt mistreated them and made them into slaves making bricks for many of the cities and possibly Pyramids. Even during this treatment, they multiplied and flourished.
Israel proves the theory that you can grow where you are planted. Egypt wasn’t the promised land, yet they prospered. How often have you heard people say that it would be much better if they lived in a particular place? If you are faithful to the Lord, He can bring growth in your life no matter the circumstances. Don’t try to pigeonhole God into only allowing Him to bring growth in your preferred way. Be open and let God bring about the multiplication in the way He feels best.
Grow Where You Are Planted
God wants to produce fruit from your life. He is able to bring thirty, sixty, or even one hundred percent return on the seeds that are planted. Let Jesus till the soil of your heart and increase the acreage to produce growth. Over time you will find that you have increased and become stronger.