Day 9

Recognising our Egypt

“…the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning…”

Exodus 2:23-24 NLT

The Exodus tells the story of the people of Israel being freed from slavery in Egypt. However, Egypt wasn’t always a place of oppression. Initially, living in Egypt was a choice, but over time things changed. This is often how we lose our freedom, not all at once, but bit by bit, compromise by compromise - until we find ourselves enslaved.

The question then becomes, what do we do? Do we accept slavery? Or do we cry out to God for help? The first step to freedom is identity; we must realise, “I’m not a slave; my identity is not in my circumstance or experience but in who God says I am”.

What areas in your life, situation or mindsets are keeping you bound, hindering you from fully experiencing freedom in Christ?

It could be patterns of thought, unhealthy relationships, or past wounds that continue to define you. The Israelites cried out from the depths of their bondage, and God heard.

The journey to freedom starts with honest recognition.

Today, be encouraged; you are not what oppresses you and just as God heard the cries of the Israelites, He hears your heart's cry for freedom.

May you find the courage to name your Egypt, trusting that God is ready to lead you into a Promised Land of freedom, identity, and purpose.

What areas in your life resemble Egypt; where you have little by little allowed compromise?