You may have heard this saying before, but let me share it with you again… “You can take the people out of Egypt, but you can’t get Egypt out of the people.” Let me explain…
Sometime read the 16th chapter of the book of Numbers and a man by the name of Korah who lead a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. Now remember, the Israelites were miraculously brought out of Egypt by God. They had been slaves to the Egyptians for years and were treated badly.
When they cried out to God, He heard their cries and rescued them. God never told them it would be an easy journey to get to this land He promised them. Something tells me though that in order from Him to get the people of Israel where they needed to be, He not only needed to get them out of Egypt, but He also needed to get Egypt out of them.
On their journey in the wilderness, God continually provided for them as only He could. But there came a time some of the leaders lost their focus, became impatient, were getting tired of seemingly getting nowhere in life. Sound familiar? So instead of trusting God and forging forward in faith, they started looking back at their long stay in Egypt, even though they were slaves, through rose colored glasses, and saw it as a place flowing with milk and honey, which was exactly what the Promised Land was supposed to be. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they say to Moses. Korah and his cronies say to Moses…
“We will not come up. Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?” Numbers 16:13
Sometimes life’s decisions are not always easy, but when God has us headed in His direction, it’s never wise to keep focusing back in the past, when we should be looking forward to the future. Many times we’re just like Korah and his men as we are making a life change God has brought us to. That life change might be stopping a bad habit… it might be ending a bad relationship… it might be transitioning into a new field of work… it might be attending a new church where God needs our help. These changes God has called us to are not always easy journeys.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Many times our experience through the wilderness of life seems all too hard and like Korah, we can choose to look back to the past and make it into something it never really was – you know the “good ole days!” As you come to that crossroad in life, you can look back or keep right on walking forward in faith. Remember, the Promised land is up ahead!
Help me follow You every day. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen