Thinking Too Much About Egypt

Wayne Cordeiro

"For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return." (Hebrews 11:14)
The children of Israel had been imprisoned for so long in Egypt, they no longer knew how to live freely. The prison that held them had extended beyond their Egyptian taskmasters. It had found its way into their minds, and now they carried the chains with them as they traveled toward the Promised Land. They had learned how to follow the rules for so long that now, they had no idea how to live free from them.
We all can have the same problem. For example, the greatest obstacle to gratefulness is that we are so sure we are losing something, we become unaware of all we are gaining.

We too can think too much about Egypt.

The older I get, the more I am realizing that there is a gift of years, a season of life where mystery and adventure returns. For example, we have been tethered to the clock for so long that we realize now that we have lost the freedom to dream.

In years past, the sunrise and sunset were what framed our activities, but now everything is predictable and stolid. The clock commandeers it. It used to be, when we said, "We'll come back tomorrow," it meant that sometime between tomorrow's dawn and the evening twilight, we'd be there. But today, it must be relegated to a specific time, leaving no room for mystery. Only expectations.

One or the greatest blockages the Children of Israel had was not the Sinai nor the desert sands. It was that they could not get Egypt out of their hearts. They didn't know how to transition from slave to son. Their minds could not exchange fear for faith, the whip for freedom.

In my younger years, I was run by insecurity, expectations, and timetables. The Scripture reminds us that if we do not become as a child, we will not enter the Kingdom. I remember the mystery of my younger days, how each morning held surprises of its own and there was a fresh expectation.

If I am to enjoy my walk with Christ, I must allow each morning hold the potential of wonderful expectancies, unprecedented surprises. I cannot fear that. I have been taught to distrust a blank calendar. It had to be filled in order for me to feel valuable. Of course, I will not be slothful, but that is not my main problem. It is overfilling my day with so many scheduled tasks that OI am robbed of any mystery, any adventure, any risk.
Dear Lord, I am excited about the new season I am in. I will look forward to it with great expectancies, with verve and enthusiasm. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Devotions for December 13

Hebrews 9,10,11

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