Out of Egypt, Part 1

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Thoughts on God

And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” (Numbers 14:4)

Joshua, Caleb, Moses, and Aaron were leaders who trusted God. Let’s be honest here: there is nothing more terrifying to a faithless people than faithful leaders. Faithful leaders see nothing but the Promised Land. Faithful leaders see opposition and grow excited because they can’t wait to see how God will deliver. Faithful leaders believe in a boundless God, an all all powerful God, and an overwhelmingly good God. They believe in Jesus.

But faithless people fear man, and in doing so make the creation bigger than the Creator (Romans 1:25). Faithless people want the comfort of slavery, the ease of captivity, and the burden of familiarity. Faithless people equate safety with predictable circumstances… but that “safety” is a lie.

Egypt was the land of the Israelites groaning, of their chains; but to a faithless people, even that sounded better than God’s promise, because at least it was familiar. It was known to them. Like their chains, with one predictable link after the other, their days would follow a monotonous pattern; but at least they wouldn’t have to risk battling the giants, at least they wouldn’t have to face the chance of success.

Are you convicted by the story of the Israelites lack of faith? Follow along tomorrow, as we deal with this propensity in our own lives.


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