Looking back feeds the desires of the flesh
A False sense of security
When we look back and constantly live in the past it seems to offer us a sense of safety even if the situation we were in was a dangerous one physically, emotionally or mentally. I believe this is so because as humans, change and newness always bring with it a sense of challenge, stretching and definitely the unknown. But in the past we find comfort because we know all that we were dealing with, it was familiar even though it was not easy. Sounds strange, I know but I have seen time and time again in ministry where people will choose to go back to abusive homes, manipulative relationships and immoral lifestyles just because it’s familiar and provides a false sense of security.
I grew up in an abusive home and it seemed easier to deal with the abuse than to open up to someone in authority for help; again it was the unknown of the future that kept me bound to that situation. Today I write about moving from the past and looking forward because the life that God has for His children is always better than what we will leave behind. The children of Israel were no different from us today, Even though they were slaves in Egypt and cried out to God for freedom and help they never seemed to let go of the past and the bondage that felt familiar to them. Their lives were plagued with beatings and hard labor from their taskmasters. The Hebrew men were belittled and disrespected in front of their wives and children and they cried out to God. We are told in scriptures that God heard their cries and remembered His covenant with their forefathers and sent a deliverer, Moses to bring them out of Egypt.
I find comfort and encouragement from this story of the Exodus while it may have ended tragically for many it serves as wisdom to us who study their lives to learn from their mistakes. Many times we cry out to God to save us from our situations but truthfully we want the saving on our terms and not His which breeds disappointments and that causes us to look back. If only we could come to place in our lives where we believe God’s plan is better than ours. The Israelites wanted to come out of bondage but they did not trust God in the process and as a result, they longed to go back to Egypt for the false sense of security Egypt provided for them. They did not see the wilderness as temporary or that God was with them in the coming out and all they could think about was what they had in bondage.
Holy Spirit, help me today to let go of the familiar and the false sense of security of the past. Please help me to trust you with this process.Scripture References:
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi–hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal–zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord . And they did so.
Exodus 14:1-4 KJV
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord . And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Exodus 14:10-11 KJV