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Leaving Egypt for the Promised Land
The Blessings are Outside of Our Comfort Zone
What's Your Egypt?
The bible is a great book for anyone to read because it gives us so many examples and stories to read about. It really is a great teacher and guide on how to get through this journey called life. Egypt in the bible represented a place of bondage, fear and slavery. Exodus 1:11-14 (NKJV) says: Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
This passage says that the Egyptians afflicted the Israelites with their burdens and made their lives bitter and filled it with hard bondage. Although the Israelites needs were met, they were being afflicted with someone else’s burdens and they were bitter because of the bondage. Why didn’t the Hebrews just leave? That is a good question, and so we can ask ourselves that same question. Why don’t we leave our Egypt’s? Egypt represents our comfort zone, because although we are tired of being afflicted with someone else’s stress and our lives are bitter, we are fearful of the unknown so we stay. Getting out of our comfort zone requires growth and healing and these things require us to change, and although many of us want to change we are afraid of change.
When we are seeking purpose, change is a necessity to enter in to the Promised Land and the promise land represents freedom, liberation, release and self-government. Egypt represents anything that has a hold on you or keeps you in bondage which afflicts you and keeps you from realizing your full potential. Our Egypt’s can be addictions, toxic/abusive relationships or a stressful job. Getting to the Promised Land requires us to go through the wilderness experience and this experience comes with a lot of bumpy roads, obstacles, trials and tribulations. It’s hard for us to let go because we have a comfort with these things, although they are hindering our growth and evolution, we are refusing to let them go.
Letting go is hard, but once we let go it releases the next blessing and the next test of our faith. The wilderness is a tough place to be, because it will test your strength, your faith, your mental stability and so many other things will be tested. In the wilderness, you may experience famine, homelessness, negative bank accounts, past due bills, debt, job loss and you may even find yourself being temporarily housed. There will be times when you are ready to quit and go running back to Egypt, but then you will never fulfill the purpose which you were created for.
To grow, we must go through the wilderness experience and everyone’s experience is different. We all have our own individual journeys and paths that we must take, but the more we grow in the wilderness the further we are pushed toward the Promised Land. In the wilderness, you will lose the necessary baggage that has been weighing you down, you will lose who you thought you were but you will find who you were meant to be. The Promised Land requires you to have courage and strength, because these are vital for your purpose and your time in the wilderness builds up your courage and strength. When you begin to build your strength in the wilderness you also learn to let things go much sooner than you would if you were residing in Egypt. Letting something go allows you to make room for the blessings and provisions coming your way, and letting go gets you closer to the Promised Land.
Why are we so afraid of change? Change is a beautiful thing and change is necessary for anything to grow and the seasons give us a great example of how change blesses us. On the way to the Promised Land you will experience a lot of growth, change and healing. Healing requires you to confront things you have buried and tried to cover up and it also requires you to shed old mindsets, beliefs and ideas. We cannot enter the Promised land with the same things that kept us in bondage and we cannot enter with the same old attitude we had in Egypt.
The Promised Land is where the purpose is, where there is provision, dreams, visions, service, many talents, and where we utilize the gifts we were blessed with. When we settle for Egypt we are trusting our limited egos instead of trusting in our infinite source. Leaving everything that is comfortable to us, is a scary feeling and you will be afraid, but when you decide to go anyway it expands your faith and trust. Many Israelites died in that wilderness before they had the opportunity to see what the Promised Land had to offer. They were too busy murmuring and complaining about how much better it was in Egypt when they were in bondage and miserable being afflicted. Many of us have left our Egypt’s and I know that I returned to my Egypt because of my fears. It was not until I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and decided there must be something greater than bondage and misery. I knew my Egypt was not my purpose and I was willing to leave Egypt, battle the wilderness to pursue my dream of living in the Promised Land.
My daughter and I are reading a chapter book called My Secret Guide to Paris, because she and I both love Paris. There was a woman in the book and she said something I think is appropriate for this article, she said: “Sometimes the best journeys are the ones where you don’t know exactly where you are going. You simply have to go along and enjoy the ride.” I love this statement, because when we trust in our higher source to lead and guide us every step of the way we just enjoy the ride, day by day. It’s almost like a roller coaster, and you are sitting in the back of the car. Although you don’t see that first drop you know it’s coming, but once you are down you just enjoy the remainder of the ride. After riding many roller coasters, it becomes an exciting ride because we look forward to the rush of adrenaline and the excitement of the ride.
When we press forward and continue to walk through the wilderness no matter what the situation or the circumstance, and we do it with an attitude of gratitude, the Promised Land starts to become more visible to us. We began to have more peace, love, joy, happiness and your trust and faith are strengthened. We need these attributes with us in the Promised Land, because they assist us when we are mocked, talked about, abandoned, rejected and they prepare of for everything that will surely come our way. When we stay in Egypt we are essentially selling ourselves short of the gifts and purpose we have been blessed with. The Promised Land holds all our blessings and provisions, and they are there waiting for us to take hold of, if you just believe and have faith. Leaving Egypt for the Promised Land is the best thing you can do for you and the generations after you.
© 2017 Ayonna Suttles