So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt?


We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted.Numbers 11:5

The Hebrew word used in Genesis for “look back” does not mean glancing over your shoulder, but paying attention to, looking wistfully, with yearning. Two examples of looking back both with serious consequences can be found in
Children of Israel: Numbers 11:5
Lot’s wife: Genesis 19:17

The trouble with nostalgia and why it can be such a challenge to the life of faith, is that it is not usually real or true. “Back in the day” in hind sight always looks better than it actually was.
But looking back also distorts your vision and can have deadly consequences when it causes our focus to be on our desires and circumstances instead of God.
Luke ominously warns of this in his encouragement to be ready when the Lord returns, “Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32).

Jesus himself warned those who would follow Him to “count the cost”, because once they become his disciples, they must never look back. (Luke 9:62).


Are things difficult, not what you planned? Old temptations, lifestyles calling out to you? Finding your thoughts focused on, comparing then to now? Are you thinking about giving up, turning back?
Before you do, before you give in, take a minute to think about how far you have come.
The journey from slavery, to sin, to freedom is about the life in front of us, not behind us. And the best of all times is yet to come!


Keith Green “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt”


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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