“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.” Isaiah 31:1
Out of nowhere flew the baseball and BAM! it hit me in the face. Was I playing baseball? No. I was eleven years old and at recess. A boy with a crab in hand was chasing me. All I could think of was getting as far away from him as possible. The thought of which direction to run never crossed my mind. Instead of running toward the school I fled in the opposite direction, right into the middle of a baseball game. The result – a broken nose and wearing an ugly splint on my face for a week.
Abraham and Sarah were living in an unknown land. God had led Abraham there and Abraham had followed without question.Then came a famine. Instead of relying on God to get them through the rough time Abraham took Sarah and fled to Egypt. In a time of panic Abraham depended on his own abilities when he could have turned to God. Then to compound the issue he lied about who Sarah was when he got there to save his own skin. Twice in a short period of time Abraham didn’t think about fleeing to God. He fled in the opposite direction.
All of us will experience times of panic when the situation we’re in appears unsolvable. What do we do? Some people try to physically run away from the location of the problem. Some attempt to drown it in a bottle of alcohol. Others pretend it’s not really happening and hope it will just go away. None of these solutions will solve the issue. The situation will still be there. We have to go through it. But how?
God tells us how – seek help from Him. We will have to bear unpleasant, at times hurtful, periods throughout our lives. Life on earth is not going to be perfect until Jesus returns and sets up His kingdom. In the meantime, we must deal with the negative aspects of living here. However, we don’t have to deal with them alone. God, through the Holy Spirit, is our Counselor. He will provide us with the direction we are to go and the strength to get there.
In his new book, Abraham, A Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith, Charles Swindoll says this, “God doesn’t use difficult circumstances to find out what we’ll do. He already knows what the future holds. He uses tests to reveal us to ourselves!”
The choice is up to you. In which direction will you flee?
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