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Don't Go Back

Freedom comes with a cost. It's worth it. 
There's a popular song about a woman who would rather hurt than not feel anything at all. In other words she rather live in pain and heartache, because at least she is with someone instead of being alone.

How sad.

Yet it's a common mindset by people who feel they're not worthy of happiness. They rather live in Egypt.

During biblical times, Egypt was bondage for the Isaelites, because that's where they were enslaved. Today, I can't help but think how we're not that far removed from the people way back then. We're just as challenging to God as they were. Sometimes even more so.

The Israelites prayed for their unbearable hardships to end and when the Lord came through for them they didn't appreciate it. He heard their cries and He delivered them from their life of slavery but they weren't grateful. They were to embark on a new life of freedom, but when things got hard they wanted to go back to Egypt. When they faced new challenges they wanted to go back to all that pain and turmoil. 

How crazy was that?

Yet we sometimes do the same thing.

We pray for God to get us out of a situation only to go right back to it. Part of the reason I think we do that is because we don't want to do the hard work that comes with our freedom. That thing we were delivered and saved from takes too much sacrifice, dedication, and lots of inconvenience in order to overcome it.

But we must be reminded that anything we place value on will come at a price. And we have to ask ourselves the question: Is my freedom worth it?

That should be an easy answer for all of us.

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Exodus 1:8-22


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