Ready to be Free

Yesterday I made a post about the recently passed “Bailout” plan. Of some sorts, it is a picture of an attempt for redemption from our countries monumential fiscal mistakes by consumers and businessmen. My ultimate opinion is that it is lacking. Only the future will tell. I had also read an article with a video which posed the question, “Do you think there has now been a permanent change in the spending habits of Americans?” It is a way too early to answer that question, although the gentleman in the interview answered yes. He believes people from now on will save more and only purchase necessities. History will tell. I am somewhat skeptical since it seems that this generation which I am a part of is a microwave generation. We have been raised with instant gratification. We want to have our cake and eat it too. But when it comes to being delivered from such a financial crisis as we are witnessing, there will be no cake. You cannot have both the cake and poor spending habits.

Our only outlet from this crisis will be hard work and sacrifice. There is no easy button, and I am OK with that. Why? Because the easy way out rarely teaches us lessons in life. In Exodus 13:17-18, God is delivering his people from the grips of their enemies. Scripture records, “When Pharaoh released the people, God did not lead them by the way to the land of the Philistines, although that was nearby, for God said, “Lest the people change their minds and return to Egypt when they experience war.”

What is “nearby” is not always what is best. This Scripture demonstrates that God knows the hearts of men. He knows that there are times when we are let off the hook too easy, we will be inclined to return back to the bondage from which we have just been redeemed. Sometimes the greatest grace in our journey of deliverance is pain.It turns us away from that which hurts us the most.

As our country works through this hard challenge, my prayer is that we would not become discouraged. Israel wandered in wilderness for 40 years. A generation died in the process. But even in such deep trouble they were not abandoned. It took them longer to get to the promised land because of their stubborn hearts and refusal to change. When they were ready, God brought his people to the land of promise. As a nation, or as individuals, God is working to deliver us from our bondage. When we have learned and when we are ready, we will experience the full freedom of deliverance.

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