Back into Slavery?

Read Exodus 14:5-14

“It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:12

It’s an amazing story. God sends Moses to deliver the Hebrew people, God’s people, out of slavery in Egypt. They were groaning to the Lord because of the hardship and the oppression they had to endure as slaves. But they had barely made it to the borderland before they were screaming at Moses, “we were better off as slaves!”

Really?!

But this story plays itself out all the time among God’s people. We beg God to deliver us when our sin and the tragedies of this fallen, broken world grab hold of us and won’t let go. God sends Jesus to be our Savior. God comes to our rescue. God frees us from the slavery of sin, offers us forgiveness and new life. We receive it gladly when we are desperate.

But as soon as the crisis is over we start to complain. “There is no food.” “I miss my old ways.” “We were better off as slaves.”

We are glad to be pulled out of the pit of our sin, but like the Hebrews, we want to be able to choose our path from then on. If we are going to have to endure hardships to make it to God’s Promised Land then we want to go back.

If you find yourself thinking that God’s ways are not comfortable or convenient and that you would rather go back to who you were before, the time is now to repent and once again trust that God’s path is the right one. It may not be the easiest and it will never be the most comfortable. Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom” (Luke 9:62).

When the Hebrews complained, God gave them manna and quail to eat and the miracle of water from a rock. Even when we grumble and complain, God patiently provides our needs. God will not lead you any place that He cannot provide for you and sustain you. He’s better than slavery. He really is.

Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC

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