Have you been crying out to the Lord recently, sis?
Asking Him to help you or to tell you what to do?
Has fear gripped and paralyzed you to the point that the cares of life are overtaking you so much so that you are now asking God to bring you back to Egypt (a place of bondage)?
What if God’s response to you is to ask you this question, followed by a command:
Why are you crying out to Me for help? Get moving!”
Did you feel that jolt in your heart?
What if God’s answer to your plea is to:
To keep going forward and to stop looking back at what is trying to overtake you?
To stop allowing the circumstances of life to influence you in such a way that you start desiring the very things and places He has delivered you from?
What if I told you that taking the steps to get moving is the very thing you need to do so that you will no longer have to see or face these same situations again?
Perhaps the answer to your prayer is wrapped up in those two little words:
Don’t believe me? Check out this scene below:
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in 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!’” But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! ~Exodus 14:10-15 NLT
The children of Israel were being led by Moses, their leader, out of Egypt and into freedom.
Somehow, they had forgotten that they were free, physically, (but not yet mentally).
Instead, they chose to focus on the fact that they were in the wilderness.
Apparently, the ones who had once held them captive as slaves, the Egyptians, were catching up with them and it looked like they were about to overtake them.
Naturally, it caused them to panic.
I mean, I would too!
But desiring to go back to a place of bondage and slavery?
To a place of suffering and harsh conditions that they had been crying out to the Lord to deliver them because of the current circumstances they were now facing (Exodus 3:7-9)?
Nah, I’m good.
That is a bit much.
Or is it?
Challenging circumstances, the storms of life, and difficult seasons could very well push you to a place where you do feel like the children of Israel.
You finally begin to realize that stepping out and taking a risk with the Lord has proven to be more scary, nerve wracking and more uncomfortable than you had expected.
And sometimes, that place that God delivered you from may seem more enticing to you because it’s a place of predicability, even if it is a place of bondage.
It may appear easier to remain stagnant or wait for the cares of life to overtake you rather than to get moving, continuing on toward a place flowing with milk and honey,– the place God promised you.
Sis, can I encourage to keep going?
To keep looking forward and not at what’s behind you or even what might be trying to overtake you?
No matter how hopeless the situation may appear to be.
(Check out a video that will hopefully encourage you and change your perspective.)
Don’t be like the children of Israel who truly believed that it was better for them to be a slave in Egypt than to die a corpse in the wilderness.
Even Erik Killmonger from Black Panther knew better than this when he said these famous last words:
Nah, just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. Because they knew death was better than bondage.
While you are waiting, trust that if God has led you out of a place of bondage and set you free in an area, He has better for you.
Get moving…and don’t look back!
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Scripture references: The Holy Bible (NLT)
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