‘The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. ‘ Acts 13:17
Over 400 years, they waited, telling their stories from generation to generation. The children that heard the words of Joseph became ancestors, the next generation brought another, and so on. So many waited and died waiting. Many experienced a compassionate Egypt, others, a changing Egypt, and lastly, the cruel one. Most were born into the era of cruelty, slavery, and shame, no longer willing or able to listen to fables about a God that abandoned His people. They sought the gods of Egypt, the ones they could see and touch.
Life continued, hard, bitter, unchanging for the one’s God called His own. It was easy to forget who they were. Nothing in the long days and hot nights proved the stories true. The Egyptians remained the ruling class because they owned the land. The Israelites kept asking generation after generation, why God allowed it? He had promised them a land, their land, flowing with milk and honey, why stay in Egypt?
They were the people of God, His chosen ones.
He did keep His promise and delivered them as the stories foretold. He exalted them above other nations and took them to the land of promise. They withstood those who occupied their God-given lands and took them by force, empowered, and led by God.
He has also delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and moved us to the kingdom of the son. Our lives are not hard and bitter because His grace and mercies are new every morning. We are not living under the burden of the enemy because God came down in His son, Jesus Christ, and died for us to be free. We are not waiting for an earthly promised land, for God has seated us in Christ Jesus in the heavenly places, or so we say.
The paragraph above is our reality in Christ, but how many of us are living it? Some of us are still in Egypt waiting for the deliverer and the promised land, while some have turned to the lesser gods they can see and touch for salvation. Yes, life here on earth may challenge our sonship and dare us to stand, but do we know who we are? Have we understood our positions in Christ, and stood in the Most High, regardless? Have we stood in His time and not ours?
‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11
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Till next time, be transformed!!