Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Today’s Date: February 01, 2010

Don’t Go Back to ‘Your’ Egypt!

Reading: Exodus 13:17-15:18 ~ Matthew 21:23-46 ~ Psalm 26:1-12 ~ Proverbs 6:16-19

S – Scripture:

Exodus 13:17 “When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”

O – Observation:

Excerpt from the OYB (One Year Bible) blog:

It was wise for God to do this.  But… then I think about our lives today.  What if we are faced with a challenging spiritual battle in our lives?  Will we change our minds about God and return to our “Egypts”?  Our Egypts might be the places where we are / were comfortable – enslaved to a sin.  As I think more about this, I do believe that God is sensitive in our lives, just as he was in the Israelites lives in this verse, as to what we can handle.  I do not think he will send us a temptation or a trial greater than we can bear.  But I also know that trials do come.  And I pray that as the trials come, that we don’t go back to our “Egypts”!  but that we press on toward the “Promised Land”.

A – Application:

At the end of this month it will be one year since I left my home state, the only home that I ever knew to live with my husband in a state that is clear across the country. Not only was I newly married, a step-mom with no children of my own, I had no job, no friends, no family but my spouse – all to a land I believe God called me to. This verse resonates in my spirit. I’m still not completely sure why I’m here, but I have had glimpses of understanding as I have drawn closer to the Lord and I don’t have all the comforts and familiarity of my home. I can’t go anywhere but towards God.   I understand the commentary of the OYB and the scripture verse – God knows I can’t have the short route. He knows that if I had stayed in the only home state I knew I may not have learned the things He wanted me to learn. I wouldn’t have depended on the Lord as much because I would have had most my needs met; I would still be independent instead of dependent on Him. I continue to trust Him and follow His lead as for whatever reason, the Lord can’t reveal the bigger picture to me as He’s still working on my character and I must submit to Him and know that we press on.

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for my sins. Help me, my unbelief. Help me to know and do your will with a joyful heart. Teach me your ways. Lord rain your love and grace upon me. Comfort my heart and spirit when I am home sick and missing my family, friends, and the ‘aina I came from. You know my heart and I know that I choose to follow you first and ask that your will be done. In Jesus name, amen.

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