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Times may be hard, but don’t go backwards

The children of Israel found themselves between a rock and hard place after they were freed from Egypt, where they had served as slave for 430 years.

There were two directions they could go toward freedom, by way of the Philistines or the wilderness. God instructed them to go through the wilderness, as He knew they would face a challenge going through the Philistines… although it was a shorter route.

They were a large group and Pharaoh spied on their moves. Suddenly, Pharaoh had a change of heart and went to re-capture them. Fear gripped there hearts when they faced Pharaoh again. They complained…their hearts turned back as they told Moses we should have stayed under the Egyptians.

We hope for freedom, get it, but when faced with fear, we mentally diverted to that enslaved mentality, a place of captivity, to some, complacent, and comfort.

Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What is this that you have done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians [as slaves] than to die in the wilderness,” (Exodus 14:11-12).

Does that sound familiar? Many people can raise their hands and say I’ve been there or I’m there right now… I’m torn, God brought me out of a situation, the perpetrator continues to taunt me and because things are not so good in this wilderness maybe I should go back.

Don’t do it! Don’t go back! Especially after you’ve tasted freedom. You’ll be in a mental cycle trying to figure out your next move to get out again. “The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm,” (Exodus 14:14).

That’s what the Israelites was instructed to do. Silent moves are the best… it keeps your perpetrator or enemy confused…"I'm just saying."


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