Are You Looking for Your “Egypt?”

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Exodus 14:10-12

 

The nation of Israel was enslaved by the Egyptians. Their cries were heard by God, and He sent Moses to free them. They witnessed the Hand of God in locusts, frogs, hail, flies, boils, and the Angel of Death. They marched triumphantly out of Egypt, carrying the gold and silver of their former taskmasters.

Out in the wilderness, God was with them in a cloud by day and fire by night. What else did they need but to simply follow what God said and where God led them? But that wasn’t enough. Out in the wilderness, they found themselves at the Red Sea. Before long, Pharaoh had changed his mind, and came charging after them. The people panicked, were scared, and cried to God. They complained about the change in their circumstances, and wanted to go back to where they were; to where they were comfortable and things were familiar in Egypt. Maybe they didn’t like being slaves, but they at least knew what to expect each day.

We get that way sometimes. We get comfortable in something, but we make a move to change; or God makes a move to change us. We go along with the change for a while, but eventually, we want to go back to the way things were.

A couple marries, but begin to have problems. They wonder why did they ever leave the “single” life? At least they knew what to expect. A person gets a promotion at work, but after a couple of months they begin to feel new pressures and demands; and they wish they had the old job back. God asks you to step out and teach or speak to others, and you are excited about the call. Then you begin to doubt what you are doing, and you wish you could go back to being just a face in the crowd.

Most of us don’t like change, even if it’s (or maybe especially if it’s) God providing the change. At some point, we wish we could go back to where we were before, what we were doing before, or who we were before. Things were comfortable there; they were familiar there; we felt at home in our “Egypt” and we want to go back there.

But that’s not what God has for us; not what God wants for us. There is a better place through the wilderness. When God is leading you, don’t look back. You weren’t meant to stay in “Egypt.”  

~Charles A. Kalkomey