Don’t Go Back To Egypt

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Don’t Go Back To Egypt

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help . . . but who do not seek the Lord”
-Isaiah 31:1-

In the Bible, Egypt is a representation of the world; the world, that is, without God. It represents slavery, bondage, captivity, persecution, starvation, wickedness, polytheism, and many other evil and terrible things. Bottom line—Egypt represented sin. It also is an apt representation of the sinful world we live in today.

In the Old Testament, we read that God’s people dwelled in Egypt for a very long time. So long, in fact, that Egypt had started to dwell in them. Because they had allowed Egypt to dwell in them, they chose to follow the ways of Egypt, the ways of the world they lived in, rather than the ways of God. When God delivered them out of the land of Egypt, at first, they were very excited; but their excitement quickly faded. It faded to the point of disobedience, which culminated in their refusal to enter the land God had promised for them.

Because God’s people refused to follow His plan for them, they were left to wander in the wilderness for some 40 years. Yes, God allowed them to wander in the wilderness, but He didn’t forsake them; He continued to watch over, provide for, and protect them. It is interesting to note that during all of the years God’s people were wandering in the wilderness, not once did they miss a meal nor did any of their clothes wear out!

You see, even though God’s people had been disobedient, God’s love for them never ceased. He had made a promise to them and He kept it, though it took much longer for them to reach the Promised Land than necessary. Although God’s people had wandered from Him, He never wandered from them. God has promised His people, both back in Old Testament times, as well as today, that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Perhaps there are times that you and I, for whatever reason, start “heading down to Egypt.” In other words, we start gravitating toward the things and the ways of the world, instead of staying anchored to God. We begin to allow something or someone else to guide and direct us. We begin to allow the world to enslave us, bind us, and starve God out of us. Our faith in God seems to shift from a vertical relationship to a horizontal relationship. Instead of seeking God first, we seek Him only when all else fails.

If you have been wandering in the wilderness lately, it’s time to get out of Egypt, and to get the Egypt out of you. It’s time to stop wandering and start trusting. Trust in God and His promises, because when He makes them, He keeps them. God is always faithful to fulfill His promises (Hebrews 10:23).

“Trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not on our own understanding”
-Proverbs 3:5-

There’s no reason to wander,

Chaplain Steve

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