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Nothing Happens Until Something Moves

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


You have probably heard Albert Einstein's famous quote that "Nothing happens until something moves." The famous German theoretical physicist developed the theory of relativity, When he made the statement, he was talking mainly about physics. However, others have made similar statements that have to do with areas of our lives that have nothing to do with physics.

Other famous people have said the same thing in different ways. Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Holy Bible

Holy Bible

What the Bible Says

The Bible is full of examples to explain what that quote really means and how it operates in everybody's life. Job lost everything he had. Yet he could say, "The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger" (Job 17:9).

Paul said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). Paul was always on the move. He never stood still waiting and watching for things to happen. He went about doing ministry and teaching others to do the same. The Book of Acts records his three missionary journeys where he went from town to town teaching and preaching about the saving people of Jesus Christ. He also planted churches in those places.

Other biblical people were on the move, including Abraham, Moses, David, and even Jesus. The Son of God moved from place to place teaching, preaching and healing. Large crowds followed Him and learned from Him.

It Is Better to Move

It is not what you think about doing. It is what you actually do that matters. The people who get things done and become successful are those who get moving and keep moving even though they do not know what's ahead for them. However, they know that if they move, they have a better chance of succeeding than if they sit and do nothing.

The story in 2 Kings 7:3-9 proves that it is better to get moving toward something than to sit and do nothing about a situation.

There were four men with leprosy who sat at the entrance of the city gate because they were not allowed to go inside and be among people because of their disease. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’ the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”

When the men with leprosy reached the edge of the Arameans' camp, no one was there because when the Arameans heard them coming they thought they heard an army coming to attack them. Therefore, they left food, gold, silver, and clothes behind and ran for their lives

The men who had leprosy were hungry so they went inside one of the tents and ate and drank. The four lepers did the right thing by going to the Arameans camp. They got up from sitting at the entrance to the gate and moved. By doing so, they did not starve to death. Even though lepers were forbidden to be around people who did not have leprosy, they were not punished for doing so. Instead, their movement saved the people by telling them where food was during the famine.

Making a chess move

Making a chess move

We might not ever know all Einstein knew, but one thing we can know for sure and embrace. We can believe what Einsteins when he said, "Nothing happens until something moves." We can't even play checkers or chess without something moving throughout the game. In fact, someone moves first, and the other player moves in a rotational order until one of them wins the game.

There might be a move you are considering making right now, but you are afraid to leave your comfort zone. You prefer to stay where you are than to move in another direction. You can keep contemplation about making a move or you can make the move. Just remember: "Nothing happens until something moves."

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