One of the most amazing stories in the Bible is Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Even Hollywood couldn’t resist making a film about it. The Prince of Egypt had an all-star cast and chart-topping singers who joined to create the epic production of the biblical account. The film grossed over $218 million and became the most successful non-Disney animated feature at the time.
After Israel’s 400 years of being strangers and slaves in Egypt, the day came when God’s centuries’ old promise to Abraham was fulfilled. Freedom came!
Miriam led a tambourine-praise as the newly-freed generations danced on their way to the land of milk and honey. And then…they heard something calling to them across the wilderness.
Who could be calling them? Hadn’t they seen Pharaoh’s armies drowned in the Sea? And who would be summoning a crowd of ex-slaves, anyway?
They were on their way to becoming property owners and title deed holders, but the normalcy of their long stay in Egypt clouded their view. The Israelites forgot the hardships there, and they only remembered the variety of food they ate for free.
Just like with the Israelites, our appetites are trying to bully us back into bondage. And likewise, God encourages us:
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18,19).
It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to forget the old things, even if they weren’t good. The comfort of ‘normal’ loses its attraction when we decide to choose what God has prepared for us today.
Normal-Busting Challenge: Ask the Holy Spirit to make you uncomfortable with the old things that no longer serve God’s will in your life.