Old Familiar Places

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For years God’s people cried out to be delivered from their captivity, and when He sent Moses to deliver them, they were excited. That is until they saw the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army behind them.  We know the end of that story, but suppose it was you.

You’ve set out on a journey with all your friends and relatives, talking as you went about all the plagues, the blood applied to the doorposts and how it protected you and your family. You’re showing each other all the money and jewelry you received from your Egyptian neighbors.  You’re excited! I mean, there were a whole lot of people walking together on that camping trip.

You’re nearing the Red Sea and the excitement dies down a bit. How are we going to cross to the other side? Why didn’t Moses prepare for this? You thought for sure they have a barge, a bridge, something.  Can you imagine the noise as the people at the rear saw the army coming? Pandemonium!

But God had a plan to teach them to trust Him to be their deliverer. To finally demonstrate to His people He could take care of them. And He did! But they kept wanting to go back to old familiar places. They decided it would be easier to work hard in what was familiar then to be free and be cared for.

That is us! We pray for change but we don’t like how God does it.  He said, “Behold I do a new thing.” But we keep asking for the ‘old time religion’, the ‘old revival’.  I heard someone say, “I miss the ‘good ole days'”, but I thought, they had problems back there as well! God’s not into the old, He’s into the new! What was is no more.

You cannot drive forward looking in the rear-viewed mirror. Trust me, you will hurt yourself and cause accidents unless you’re looking ahead instead of behind. God was in that and it was great, but God does not stutter and He rarely does things in the same way the next time.  So lets look ahead to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Let’s press on toward the prize that’s before us, not behind us.

Father, I’m not going back there! I look forward to the unfolding of Your new plan for me and I will trust in Your process. I see what You did in the past, but what I focus on will be YOU not the way You choose to do it. I trust You! You are in me both to will and do YOUR good pleasure. So I will thank You every day for the good plans You have for me. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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