We live in uncertain times. There are 2 ways we can look at situations unfolding before us today – with the mind of faith or the face of fear. God is taking all of us to a new place, just as He did in the Old Testament when He walked Abraham right off his map (see Genesis 12,13) and He freed the Israelites from the yoke of slavery. However, on the road to the Promised land are some pretty scary sights: seas to cross, mountains to climb, giants to fight and desert places where we hunger and thirst.
Today, we’ll look at 2 scriptures as signposts pointing the way to our future.
Turn to Exodus 14:12; Moses has led the children of Israel out of Egypt and they are trapped between the Red Sea in front and the full force of Pharoah’s army behind them. [Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place!] This is what the freed slaves cry out to Moses: “Is this not the word we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we might serve the Egyptians? For it would be better for us to serve the Egyptians than die in the wilderness.‘” (Ex 14:12).
The Israelites were frightened. To them, death was certain, either by drowning or being slaughtered by the army! They blamed Moses for taking them out of Egypt and wanted to go back to where they had been. For them, it was better to be alive and a slave than dead and free.
The same is true today, some folks would rather be slaves to the world than live in the faith and freedom God has for us. Fear of the unknown and change is worse than the fear of a whip and unending days of drudgery. Keeping us in fear is a key strategy of the enemy because it renders us ineffective in the Kingdom.
God wants to redeem us from that pit of fear. He desires to set us free so we can live the life He has ordained for us to have. He sent Jesus to the cross so we would not have to live in bondage, yet, because He loves us enough to give us free choice, many people still choose the pain of slavery.
Compare those slaves to 85 year old Caleb who after waiting over 40 years in the desert, says to Joshua, “Now therefore give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day, for you heard in that day how the Anakim (giants) were there and the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord has said.” Joshua 14:12
Caleb believed God, waiting on a promise and willing to fight for what he believes in. He saw the obstacles but knows the battle is really the Lord’s. Are we running from battles the Lord has already won? God never said we wouldn’t struggle but He did say, “Be strong and courageous for I will never leave you or forsake you” (Josh 1:9)
Which signpost will you follow? Which direction will you take?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! I will declare it over and over, as many times as necessary to remind me. The Egyptians were a people who glorified death, lived in darkness and believed they were enlightened. Sound familiar? The Israelites had been in bondage so long, worshipping the same gods as the Egyptians, they forgot about being set apart, chosen ones (Deut. 7:6), called to live differently.
Where will you live? Do you believe God will part the seas before you and destroy the enemy in the process? Will you claim your mountain believing the giants will be defeated for the glory of God? Or will you stay in chains, building shrines that glorify death?
As for me, I’ve waited long enough! Give me my mountain!
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15