Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Thank you for your comments I so enjoy them. How many of us have become so discouraged with life as it is and desire to go back to the good old days? Or at least we think they were the good old days. Well Judges 6:7-10 addresses this very way of thinking.
When the Israelites cried to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Eqypt, out of the land of slavery. I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the land of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. I said to you, I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live. But you have not listened to me.
How does this passage apply to us? First of all, we all have a (Egypt) in our lives. A place where we have come from, a place where for many could have been a place of emotional and or physical slavery. Even slavery can appear to be better than what lies ahead. He brings us out, literally snatches us out from the power of that land and all of its oppressors and puts us in a new land.
But what does the Lord tell us? He said, “do not worship the gods of this new land, the land in which you now live”. In other words, do not fall into their ways and do not do what they do or believe in their gods, for I have taken you to a new place. Follow me and the freedom I have given you, do not go back to your old ways of thinking and doing as you have in the past.
It is easy at times especially when troubles are present to want to look back at what we thought was better days. But when God is leading us into a new land, it is imperative that we don't look back and worship what was in the past.
Has the Lord brought you out of a land of slavery and have you tasted the sweet fruit of a new land but you now find yourself asking God “why are these things happening to me”, and questioning “did not the Lord bring me out of the land of Egypt” verse 13?
Sometimes we lose out way but the path is still in front of us. God is still leading and He does not abandon us when we are lost. Keep asking, looking and believing, God is still with you, keep walking in the strength you have (verse 14).
Be encouraged and of good cheer God is with you. Dee