|Gayle, Anne, Nathaniel, Will and Abby|
|Will by the water.|
That thought never had crossed my mind in all the times reading this before. Anne was right; they could not have crossed. Then it dawned on me, “How many times do we as Christians see insurmountable odds in front of us, and we too want to go back to Egypt?” This simple lesson was such a revelation to me. In looking at different times in my life, I as well wanted to go back to Egypt, rather than believe and face my giants.
(Hebrews 5:12) I can look at myself and see that many times I chose to see the challenge as a problem rather than as a gift. My eyes were focused on heading back to Egypt in my feelings of defeat, rather than looking to our Lord for his strength and insight.
As a growing Christian, God brings challenges into our lives not with the intent of causing us to stumble, but only to grow and trust in him more, and not only these things, but to bless us as well. Caleb and Joshua’s eyes were on the promise that God would give them the victory, and eventually give them the land of “milk and honey”. Their eyes were not focused on the problem, and on their own lack of strength and where with all, but on God alone. They knew that in themselves they could not receive what God had already given them, if they were focused only on the challenge, rather than God. I am realizing that for myself to grow as a Christian, I need to focus on Jesus rather than wanting to go back to Egypt (my past life of sin and walking in my strength alone). Each day we are given the chance to see what is before us as a gift in growth and trust, or to turn and live in disbelief.
Do you want to return to Egypt? We can’t cross back over the Red Sea even if we wanted to. God’s peace is found not in the absence of challenges and problems, it is found when we focus our eyes on our creator instead.
We each are faced with giants in our lives, we can chose to look at our Savior for strength, guidance and growth, or chose to remain in the desert where we will never find peace. God has given us the choice, the decision is ours to make. Chose today to trust in God, he will lead you through to the Promised Land, and his peace will surround you on your journey with him. (Philippians 4:7)