Reading the Old Testament is not easy, some books are really difficult to read. But I like reading Exodus. In Exodus, the Israelites escape bondage and head for the Promised Land, but if you read the Old Testament, you’ll see that they put themselves in that bondage.
Abram (later Abraham) was told by God that he would be a father of many nations. He was given the Promised Land, which was Canaan, in which they eventually arrived. Skip ahead to when Jacob, brother of Esau, who tricked his brother out of his birthright, was later renamed Israel by God. Israel had 12 sons which represented the 12 tribes of Israel. These sons hated Joseph (with the multicolored coat) and sold him into slavery. He ended up being second only to Pharaoh.
His brothers (the other sons of Israel) went to Egypt because of a massive famine. They lived in Egypt with their brother because it prospered, and it prospered because God blessed Israel and Joseph in whatever they did. All this to say (please excuse any details and a long story) is that the Israelites put themselves there because of choices they made. And later, they cried out to God to get them out.
How many times have we put ourselves into a situation or many situations that we thought was right at the time, or easy, simple, etc. only to end up stuck somewhere we can’t get out? We were created to be intelligent, but we act like sheep sometimes. Sheep are dumb. They keep their heads down, doing whatever they want, don’t see what they are doing or where they are going. They eat, drink, have a careless life, then they look up and realize that they’re lost, scared, confused, and don’t know where to go. They may as well be captive somewhere. They need a shepherd to come find them.
Jesus is the Shepherd in our lives. He will gladly leave the other sheep to go find one. One lost soul, one lost sheep. He loves us so much that he sacrifices His life to save yours. With Jesus, you were lost but now are found. You were blind, but now you see. If He is not your Shepherd already, what are you waiting for??
This world is only getting harder to live in, and your lives with it. We have a purpose beyond eating, drinking, working, etc. Jesus is my Shepherd. He provides for me, cares for me, loves me, and keeps me safe. That doesn’t mean I don’t go through stuff. In fact, I go through what feels like more the closer I get to God. But I would rather go through all that knowing Jesus is right there with me to carry me through, than to wander on this earth by myself. I got lost. I couldn’t see. Jesus found me and drew me to himself. Thank you, God, for being such a faithful God who loves me and you, especially when we don’t deserve it.
““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NLT
“But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.””
Exodus 14:13-14 NLT