Daniel Foster | @danielfoster07
“Let my people go!”
At some point in time you have probably heard that line in a children’s song, maybe read it in the bible, or more than likely heard it in a movie - special thanks to Charlton Heston for portraying the best Moses this world has ever seen.
So here’s the scene; Moses enters into Egypt to free God’s people – the Israelites. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years. So here’s Moses, Hundreds of years later, finally arriving to save the day, to set the Israelites free and lead them into the promise land.
I don’t know about you, but I would have hopped on that train in a heartbeat. You certainly wouldn’t have had to ask me twice. Think about it, trading the slave life for freedom and a beautiful promised land gifted by God. Who would want to pass that up?
The Israelites, obviously.
If you read in the scripture, the Israelites weren’t exactly thrilled when Moses came in for the rescue. Exodus 14:12 (NIV) says “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” How crazy is that? The Israelites had gotten so comfortable where they were that they would rather stay slaves than be set free.
I can’t help but to think about me and my own life, and also us as the church. Sometimes we get so caught up in traditions and being comfortable that we choose to stay where we are. Look at Jesus, He was always on the go. He went from town to town, spreading hope, love, and healing. We have an entire world to reach, but are we doing everything we can to reach them? Or are we comfortable right where we are?
God is trying to lead us to bigger and better things than what this world has to offer. The Israelites knew leaving the life they knew would be taking them out of their comfort zone and it would also be a walk of faith. Perhaps God is trying to take you to your promised land. Will you walk by faith, or are you too comfortable serving your Pharaoh? Remember, God never called us to be comfortable. He called us to be faithful.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.