Today’s Scripture: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians¬†5:1

The Israelites had just left Egypt. They stood at the edge of the Red Sea and complained to Moses. “Why did you take us out of Egypt? Now we will die in the wilderness.” After they had crossed the Red Sea and had seen God destroy the armies of Pharaoh, they arrived at the edge of the Promised Land. The spies returned bearing news of giants and walled cities and claimed that the inhabitants were too mighty to overcome. After hearing the news, the people cried and said, “Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt” (Numbers¬†14:4).

Even though they had lived in slavery and were persecuted even to the point of having their sons killed when they were born, some of the people were afraid and wanted to return to that terrible situation.

God had miraculously freed them from Pharaoh, allowed them to walk across the Red Sea on dry land, and led them to the Promised Land, but they wanted to return to the bondage of Egypt. We might look at their reaction and rightly call it ridiculous, but how many times do we do the same thing? God has miraculously saved us from sin, given us a new life in Him, and promised that we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him, but we reject everything He has done for us and turn back to the sins from which we were saved.

We were slaves to sin, but through Christ, we have been set free. Why would we place ourselves back under that bondage? We now have the opportunity to live our lives in service to God. We can’t allow ourselves to be dragged back into those things which once held us captive.

God wanted the Israelites to enter the Promised Land and conquer it. However, because of their unbelief, they were forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years and were not able to have all God wanted for them. If we allow ourselves to go back into the bondage of sin, we will not be able to do what God wants us to accomplish either.

Examine yourself to see if you are starting to become entangled with the things of the world. Leave those things behind and follow Christ. When you do, you will begin to see what amazing things He has in store for you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder