#241 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: 25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
If you’ve ever found yourself in the thrall of a boss or teacher who held your life, at least financially, in their hands you have probably known the feeling of being trapped. Humans were created by God to cherish personal freedom and hence independence. Hence the snare. So, what are we to do when we find ourselves ensnared in one of those corrosive types of relationships? If we look at the Israelites in Egypt we see a people enslaved by the “new regime” in Egypt. What brought them out? Why wasn’t there enough unrest to foment rebellion? What finally made them ready to escape? Without a motivating catalyst of some sort most folks will choose the status quo whether toxic or not. God’s Catalyst?
- A god appointed leader – Moses
- A God appointed set of plagues on the Egyptians- Pharoah
- A clear demonstration of the difference between the “gods of Egypt” and the true God
SO What? You scream.
God has sent a leader. His son. Jesus who risked everything to be a model for us to follow. Jesus did not fear men, did not bow and scrape before kings or governors, nor did he seek their permission to be just who he is. My question for you is this. Are you ensnared by fear in a relationship. Consider the cost of staying in that relationship, and the cost of stepping away. The Israelites had a four hundred thirty year sojourn in Egypt. When the regime changed they were enslaved. Several generations served the pharaohs building monumenst to their arrogance. Had not God intervened, as he has in our lives by sending his son Jesus the Israelite people probably still would have lived in Egypt today.