|Posted on May 28, 2019 at 1:20 PM|
This morning when I read in Numbers 23:22 “God brought them out of Egypt.” It got me thinking of the “Pharaoh’s” God had freed me from in my life. The things He brought me out of like the addictions that enslaved me, the darkness that surrounded me, the ways of this world that I accepted as my own because I didn’t know His ways.
‘With the power of His mighty hand, the LORD brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery.’ Exodus 13:14
In Genesis 15:7 the LORD says to Abraham I brought out of Ur to give you the land as your possession. I always thought that Ur sounded like “er” as in the sound I would make if I didn’t know or have the answer to a question like “Er, I don’t know?” Perhaps Ur was a place Abraham and his family were wandering like a place with no direction, no purpose. Just “Ur I don’t know” living out each day wherever the wind was blowing. I lived like that for more years than I can count. I lived for Monday. I lived for the weekends. I lived for pay day. I lived to pay the bills. I had no big vision, no big dreams for my life, nothing I was striving for or hoping to reach. Just living in the land of “Er I don’t know what I want to do with my life.” Content to just be, just breathe, just wait to see where each day would take me and if it didn’t take me anywhere than I was content to just be where I was. No reason to change. No reason to move. No reason to grow. No reason to learn. “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur to give you this land as your special possession.” God brought Abraham out of a place to give him something better just as God brought me out of that way of life to give me a better way of life.
When his wife Sarah had Isaac in Genesis 21 she declared in verse 6 that God had brought her laughter because anyone who heard that they had a child when she was 90 and Abraham was 100 years old (Genesis 17:17) would laugh with her. Have you ever heard news that sounded so incredibly unbelievable your only reaction to it was to laugh? God gave Sarah a laughable story that even she could hardly believe in herself if she didn’t have Isaac there with her daily reminding her that dreams are possible with God no matter how old we dare to dream them or how long we dream them for. They had waited 26 years to receive the promise that they would have a child of their own.
At 13 years old I watched as my mother worked tirelessly till the day she was admitted into the hospital where she died 3 months later at the age of 39. I refused to believe that this was what life was about just working till the day we died. I made a promise to myself or perhaps God placed this promise in me that this would not be how my life story ended. On Friday, September 12 2014, was the day God brought me out of this world to serve Him. I remember that day like it was yesterday because as I pulled into my driveway it snowed on a blue sky day. People laugh when I say I retired from the world at 39 a dream like my ancestors that was 26 years in the waiting.
Rise up from the dust, O Jerusalem. Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. Isaiah 52:2
Paul tells Peter in 2 Peter 3:19 “For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” I was a slave to many things before coming to know my LORD and Savior. A slave to the world, slave to people, slave to satisfying my own sinful nature. Like my ancestors God set me free from the things that enslaved me in in one day but He brought me out of my chains one link at a time. One addiction at a time. One struggle at a time. One trial at a time. One trouble at a time. Till one day I could walk with my head held high no longer bound by the things that kept me wrapped in chains.
I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high. Leviticus 26:11-13