WHAT TO LOOK FOR
We have arrived in Exodus at the final deliverance from Pharaoh and Egypt. What a glorious reminder God gives His people when they celebrate the Passover, first in Egypt and then as an annual feast. God freed His people from slavery.
But no sooner had the people left Egypt than they wanted to go back. Even though they had left, Egypt continued to be a stumbling block to God’s people, who are tempted to think they were better off back in Egypt. Sarah Groves has a song about this called “Painting Pictures of Egypt.” Part of the chorus goes like this:
I’ve been painting pictures of Egypt,
Leaving out what it lacks,
’Cause the future feels so hard,
And I want to go back.
God has freed us from our slavery to sin, but it is so very easy for us to paint false pictures of our old sinful way of life. We don’t remember the trouble we had under sin. We don’t remember the pain. We just remember the pleasure and that we didn’t have to rely on God. So we are tempted to go back.
Shall we turn back to Hell, or press on to the promised land of Heaven through freedom in Christ?
VERSE TO MEDITATE ON
You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – God, You are so patient with me.
- Confession – Oh Lord! How often I grumble. I’m sorry I’m so quick to doubt Your plan. Please forgive me.
- Thanksgiving – Thank You for being patient with me.
- Supplication – Please help me to see the slavery of sin for what it is and turn to You instead.