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Today's Devotional Reading
So You Want To Go Back To Egypt

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And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger (Exodus 16:2-3).

The children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt. The bondage they once knew was behind them and their slavery ended. But their freedom did not come without cost or responsibility on their behalf. For to be truly free meant letting go of what was familiar, and embracing what was once unknown. There faith may seem to have become strong as they witnessed the miracles of God unfold before their eyes. But their faith was not true faith, for as soon as things turned unfavorable, they quickly turned their backs on God--taking their trust out of Him--willing even to return to Egypt and give up their freedom, all because they could not put their trust in God’s plan.
During my college years, my family and I faced a lot of tough times. Our poor financial state was continuously rearing its ugly head to remind us that things were not exactly as we would have them. One time in particular that I remember, I was tired of struggling and I thought to myself, “We were better off when. . .” It was only a second later that the Lord brought to my mind the words of a Keith Green song. “So you want to go back to Egypt,” He said to me. I immediately drew the parallel between my attitude and that of the Israelites of Moses’ day. I had grown discontent. Things were not the way I wanted them to be, and because of that, I had become ungrateful for all that God had given me and all that He had done. To begin with, He had delivered me from sin. And He had chosen a time and place such as I was in to purify me and refine my faith in Him.
Discontentment is the enemy of faith, and selfishness blinds the heart from the will of God. It is amazing to me how often we struggle to find God’s will all because we cannot get beyond our selfish desires. We want this, or we don’t want that, and then we ask God to show us His direction for us--refusing to see it because it doesn’t happen to fit within our guidelines. The Israelites followed God’s leading them to their freedom, but soon after decided they had been through enough and they expected things to be perfect and without difficulty. The wanted their freedom, their promised land and the ability to live as they saw fit therein.
How many times do we ponder where we might be able to go, or where we have been, all because where we are is not what we want? How many blessings do we miss because we are so focused on the “something better” that we cannot see the “something best”? God wants us to have abundant life regardless of our circumstances, giving thanks in everything. But we find it is difficult to express true gratitude to God for where we are and what we have when we are always looking for something other than what He has given.
When we first moved to the city where I went to school, we found ourselves living in a house that was not quite up to my standards. But God taught me to appreciate that house, and all the more on a particular occasion when after we had moved, I said to someone, “Yea, we finally got out of that shack.” God reminded me right then that the place I called a shack was the place He had provided. I realized I had been ungrateful and asked His forgiveness. I had forgotten that as God is with us, even a so called ‘shack’ becomes a palace wherein the King resides. For it is never about our house, our place, our city or our circumstances, but what it is about is the God who is with us regardless. What more could we possibly need?

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