Exodus 6:6 “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment.”
Do you ever wonder about that generation of the children of Israel? The ones oppressed by Pharaoh. The ones who saw the plagues. The ones who put blood on their door posts. The ones who exited Egypt with all the gold. The ones who watched the parting of the sea. The ones who ate manna and saw water spring forth from a rock.
The ones who even after witnessing so many miracles first hand, never entered the Promised Land. The ones who died in the wilderness.
I wonder about them. They saw God move with their own eyes, yet something held them back. Their freedom had nothing to do with their effort and everything to do with God’s power, but they just didn’t get it.
They never let themselves go.
Which leads me to another pondering thought: I wonder if we are like that generation? I wonder if we remain slaves to the world because, even though Jesus has set us free, we have never let ourselves go?
Living free is a choice, and like the children of Israel, it is a choice only we can make. Father has done all He can. He sent Jesus Christ to free us from slavery to sin, sickness, lack and death. We are free.
But are we living free, or do we still long for Egypt? Is our heart still the heart of a slave?
Romans 8:15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Church, it is time we set ourselves free. We are not slaves to fear. We are not slaves to sickness. We are not slaves to lack. All the promises of Christ are yes and Amen. There is a Promised Land for us to take.
Let’s not be like the generation of Israelites who wandered aimlessly in the wilderness. Jesus Christ has set us free. The Cross accomplished it all. Now give yourself permission to be free.
By the way, I have a new article on Crosswalk about my journey back into jogging and how it helped me listen to the strong voice within. It’s worth a read. How to Listen to the Strong Voice Inside You – like, tweet, share, etc.