Egypt is the oldest country in the world dating back to 6000 BC. It’s first dynasty started around 3100 BC. It also plays prominent in the Biblical record. As believer’s we often think about God delivering His people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. Egypt represents a sinful and cursed world. We rarely, if ever, think about God sending us into Egypt.
Joseph was sold into slavery and sent to Egypt. God prospered him to be second only to Pharaoh in authority, and soon his father (Israel), brothers, and their families were in Egypt with him. About 400 years later, we find the descendants of Israel in slavery to the Egyptians.
Enter in Moses. God called Moses to go into Egypt to bring Israel out of slavery. Can you imagine how Moses felt as he headed back to Egypt? Can you imagine taking your family into a hostile environment? But Moses obeyed God, and the rest is history.
Like Moses, I feel like we’re going into Egypt. The world’s future looks dark: war, crime, persecution, natural disasters, social upheavals, economic strains, and possibly the Great Tribulation.
How do we come out the other side successfully?
I suppose we should first define successful. For me success is, firstly, being faithful to the death. There’s a multitude of scriptures that admonish and encourage us to be faithful during hard times. Second, how do we navigate and survive the hurricanes of life and come out the other side in one piece. Shaken, maybe, but alive. Think of the worst situation, like the holocaust to put things in perspective, and lesser events may not seem so insurmountable.
Success is staying faithful to God.
Joseph was successful. Moses was successful. Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Paul, Peter, and Stephen were all successful. They, and many others, all faced the evil in their day and overcame. They were obedient and knew how to contact God. They walked with God. God wasn’t just for Sundays, emergencies, and holidays. When tribulation and fear came, they had a foundation of faith and experience to draw upon.
This is the purpose of “A Journal of Edification and Exhortation”: to help us all prepare to go into Egypt and face what may come.
Stay strong and prepared!