I am the Lord, and I will free you from your slavery. (Exodus 6:6 )
Look at the message God sent Moses to give to the Israelites enslaved in Egypt:
“I am the Lord, and I will free you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with mighty power and great acts of judgment. I will make you my own special people, and I will be your God. And you will know that I am the Lord your God who has rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Exodus 6:6-8 ).
God promised Israel the one thing they most wanted—freedom. He promised to deliver them out from under Pharaoh’s iron fist and into a land they could call their own. What he held out was Israel’s greatest desire in life. And how did they respond?
“Moses told the people what the Lord had said, but they wouldn’t listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the increasing burden of their slavery” (Exodus 6:9 ).
The Israelites had before them two different realities to choose from. One was what God wanted to do for them and through them. The other was the reality of their bondage. One was the promise of freedom and hope of God’s faithfulness. The other was the feel of chains on their feet. God was asking them to decide which of these two realities they would embrace, and they chose the chains. They chose the reality they could see.
Just like the Israelites, you and I are faced with two realities every day. There are two stories that we can choose to believe. One is the plan that God has for our future—what he wants to do in and through us. The bondage that God wants to deliver us from. The other reality includes the circumstances of our life. It includes the chains that we see—the lack of resources, talent, ability, or faith. The smallness of our situation. The shattered dreams and broken promises of our past. The walls of fear and doubt that enslave us.
And we have to decide which of those two realities we will allow to define our future. What are we going to believe? Where are we going to put our trust? Which story are we going to embrace as our own? One story leads to freedom. The other brings only more bondage. And the decision is one that sits before each and every one of us.
Exodus 6:6-9 ; 2 Corinthians 3:17
Which of these two realities have been defining your life? How can you go about embracing the story of God’s purpose?