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Comfortable in Our Bondage
And they said to them, "Let the LORD look on
you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and
in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us."
"It is possible for people to become so
accustomed to their bondage that they resist efforts to free them. The Hebrews
had been slaves in Egypt for four hundred years. Slavery meant that they were
not free to do God's will or to go where they wanted. Moses had come to tell
the Israelites how they could experience freedom, yet they were more concerned
about the reaction of their taskmasters than they were about pleasing God. For
them to be free would mean that the pharaoh they were serving would be angry!
It would mean that the Egyptians they had served all their lives might attack
them. Freedom from their slavery did not seem to be worth the hardships they
would inevitably endure.
When God sets out to free us there will often be a
price we will have to pay. Grief can be a terrible form of bondage, yet we can
become comfortable with it. We can grow so comfortable with fear that we don't
know how to live without it. As destructive as our sinful habits and lifestyle
might be, we may prefer living with the familiar, rather than being freed to
experience the unknown. We may recognize the harmful influence of a friend but
choose to reject God's will rather than offend our friend.
As incredible as it seems, the Israelites were
angry at Moses for disrupting the life of slavery to which they had grown
accustomed. Have you been lulled into a comfortable relationship with your
bondage? Do you fear change more than you fear God? Are you willing to allow
God to do what is necessary in order to free you?"