Our Exodus

Exodus 12:41 (ESV)

“At the end of 430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.”

If one looks very carefully, there are many lessons in the OT that can apply to us today. The characters, the journeys, and the hardships, all have a place in many of our lives. When I came upon my daily readings this past week, I was in Exodus and the time of the 10 plagues thrust upon Egypt as Moses and Aaron were striving with Pharaoh to let the Israelites go away from Egypt to worship God.

Four hundred and thirty years of bondage to be finally freed by the hand of God. On display in Exodus is the awesome power of God and the love He has for His children; a power and love present for us today as well. As God delivered Israel from the bondage of slavery, so too can He deliver you and I from the bondage of sin.

But we fight Him, don’t we? We complain and murmur, relishing the good times we have in our sin, longing to return, just as the Israelites did in the Wilderness when food or water was lacking. How quickly they were ready to return to Egyptian bondage when the struggle seemed too much to bear. How quickly, we too, desire to go back to our bondage of sin when it seems we don’t have the strength to endure.

But the lesson is the same for us as it was for the stubborn nation of Israel. We must put our faith and trust in God to deliver us, and let go of the past life. We cannot possibly hope to break free until we have allowed Him access to do the work in us He needs to do.

And that involves laying down our stubborn, prideful self at the feet of the Almighty God.

So many times in NT Scripture we read of being crucified with Christ, dying to self, putting on the armor of God, and so forth. The words are slightly different, but the meaning is the same: you must become weaker to allow Him to become stronger in you.

If you’re struggling now with a particular sin, you have to come to the point of realization that there is absolutely nothing within your human makeup that can conquer this without the life-changing ability of your Creator. This is what it means when you hear Strength through Weakness.

Seek the Lord, admit to Him you’re weak, and let Him become your strength. Then, you will see your bondage broken, and you will know what it truly means to be free.