A Comfortable Life of Slavery

Posted on: 7-15-112012

When the Israelites cried out in misery and anguish over their harsh living conditions in Egypt, God heard them and set His plan in  motion to lead them out of slavery and oppression right into the Promised Land.  And not only did He deliver His people from bondage, He allowed them to take great possession and wealth  from the very people who had held them in slavery.  With the promise of life in the Promised Land, the people, led by Moses, set off on their journey into freedom. It wasn’t long, however, before the hardships of living in slavery were forgotten.  When the people became thirsty, they complained.  God provided water.  Then, when they were hungry, they complained.  They became so agitated, in fact, that they told Moses that it would’ve  been better for them if they had died in the land of Egypt.  They said that at least in Egypt, they had plenty of food to eat.  To them, it would be better to be in bondage with food than to be free and hungry.  It’s so easy to look at their story and say how ungrateful the were and even how dumb they were.  I mean, God provided water for them, so why did it not occur to them to ask Him for food? He had promised to bring them to the Promised Land, so it seems completely logical to us that He intended to meet their needs along the journey.  How ridiculous it seems to want to go back into a life of slavery when God has clearly set you free!   Truthfully speaking, aren’t we much like the Israelites?  We have been delivered from a life of slavery as well… for we once we slaves to sin!  God, through His Son, Jesus  Christ, set us free from the chains of sin that once held us in bondage!  We have been given a ticket to the abundant life in Christ!  Yet, many of us, myself included, don’t make it too far before we are complaining and wishing we could go back to the life of slavery…the life where we were comfortable!  We have the Promised Land in front of us, but we look back with longing eyes at where we’ve come from, no matter how oppressed we were in that place!  Because of their sin, the Israelites wandered around in the wilderness for forty years and missed the land that God had chosen for them.  How many of us are doing the same…wandering around in the wilderness missing out on the abundant life that Jesus died to give us!

“And the children of Israel said to them, ‘Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full!  For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3


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