What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? … We said, “Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”
~Exodus 14:11b; 12b [NLT]
Sometimes the discomfort in our current situation can overshadow the distress of where God has brought us from or is bringing us out of.
During their time in Egypt, the Israelites were being so harshly treated that they were crying to God. No matter how much the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites, they continued to proliferate, which in turn caused them to be even more brutally treated (Exodus:12:14).
This shows that God’s blessings over our lives isn’t always going to cause those of the world to love us (CLICK TO TWEET). In fact they just might hate us more, doing everything they can to take those blessings away. But know that God WILL continue to bless those who are his.
The Israelites so easily forgot everything God did to take them out of Egypt. The Israelites forgot everything about how cruelly they were treated to the point that when difficult and trying situations arose, they questioned why God brought them out of their situation in Egypt.
Background of Exodus 14: 1-12
After God brought the Israelites out of Egypt he told Moses to turn everyone back. This double take was to confuse Pharaoh into thinking the Israelites were lost.
God harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he would chase after the Israelites (verse 4). So when the Israelites saw Pharaoh and his massive army approaching them they panicked (verse 10). They were also questioning God and his authority over their lives and wellbeing (verse 11-12). They wanted to go back to the very place that was holding them captive.
So, what does all this mean?
When things happen in our lives, whether big or small, we question God’s authority over our lives. We try to control every aspect and expect for good things to happen as a result of the choices we make.
Depending on the situation, sometimes we wish God wasn’t bringing us to a higher level in our walk with him. It was so much easier to do our own thing when we weren’t worried about what God thought.
But now that we are accepting God’s calling over our lives, that means that God is going to force us out of Egypt!!!
What is Egypt?
Egypt represents the places and the things that are keeping you from God’s purpose in your life. Egypt can manifest in so many different ways in our lives, and in so many different combinations.
For some, Egypt can be your insecurities and doubts. We hide behind and justify them by saying we are shy and quiet. When in actuality, we are telling God “You aren’t strong enough to get me out of my shell so I choose to stay where I am.”
For others, Egypt can be the crush you’re having. That guy or girl who makes your heart flutter with a simple smile. The person, even though he/she is wholeheartedly after God, can make your mind wander from the things of God.
Egypt can even be our past. The place that is filled with our hurts, dreams, desires, tears, sadness, joy, laughter, etc. The constant thought of our past can be the very thing hindering us from moving ahead in God.
And have you realized that Egypt can also represent our secret place? The area of our hearts that we never talk about, whether because of shame or fear of what might happen. The place that we want to keep hidden from the world because it houses our vulnerability…..
VULNERABILITY….. A hard thing that some of us struggle with. How can we entrust our hearts to people when time after time others have been shown us that people can’t be trusted. Instead of allowing God to be the keeper of our vulnerability, and showing us the people we can trust, we retreat to the place we hide any form of openness. Not allowing a single soul to penetrate our hearts even though we know it is the very thing we need to grow in Christ.
However, as a Christian you need to realize that when you accept to be a child of God, you need to also accept the fact that God WILL TAKE YOU OUT OF EGYPT WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT!
God will remove those things that are blocking your path to his heart. God desires all of you and will do what it takes to have all of you.
If it means throwing you into situations where you can’t do anything but trust those around you with your heart, then he will do it. If it means that God will have your crush/boyfriend/girlfriend break your heart, then he will allow it. If it means that those in your past who hurt you start to enter your future because God told you to do something in their lives, GOD WILL MAKE A WAY FOR IT TO OCCUR!
We need to stop hiding in our Egypt and walk boldly in what God is calling us to. When events that we perceive to be devastating or uncomfortable occur, we should never retreat back to Egypt.
DO NOT run to your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your doubts, your fears, your hiding place….
DO NOT run back to Egypt, nor think about going back to Egypt.
RUN TO YOUR GOD! For he is the only one who can truly comfort you in your times of need and insecurity
What is your Egypt? What are the things you run towards when things aren’t going your way? Make a list of the things you have allowed to hinder your walk with Christ, because those are also your Egypt? Ask God to forgive you for putting more value on Egypt than on him. Pray on each individual Egypt everyday and note down the days when they are no longer represented by Egypt, but by victory. Seeing your growth will be motivation enough to continue growing.