Power Through the Pain


5 We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.

This verse is sadly humorous to me. The very people who not two years ago were crying out to God for relief because the Egyptians were too harsh are now suggesting they got free food. Amazing! The people had to work long hours for very little pay. What was once a blessing under the former dynasty, became slavery. Unfortunately, when the first sign of discomfort arrived in their new journey of freedom all was forgotten. The complaints started rolling in about how much better they had it in Egypt. They actually wanted to return to that place.

Our journey with Jesus will not always be easy because of the culture in which we live. I have witnessed dozens of people who gave their life over to God but later seemed to regret it. Some even reverted back to their life before. How sad! The King has given you freedom from all that was harmful to you in your sin. He has forgiven your rebellion. The demands on our life now are in service to the King who freed you from the chains of sin and death. He gave you life that will last for eternity.  The remarks of people today are insignificant in comparison to the lavish love of the King in His Kingdom.

Go back? Why would I ever want to go back?  Instead, let us remember what God has done for us.  Our memories tend to view the negative about our lives.  Let us examine the pathway and how God used every situation.  Make a list of what God has done for you.  Look back across your prayer journal and review the prayers He has answered.  Contemplate those in which He did not give you want you wanted, but what you needed.  How much richer is your life as a result?  The temptation to focus on the “No” and the negative is from Satan.  God has your best interest in mind!

God help me to keep in mind how good You have been to me.  Help me to focus on the joys of this new life. Strengthen my resolve so that I will not entertain the option of going back to a former way of life. A slave I might be in your Kingdom, but it is totally worth it. God you are my King.

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