When God gives us the opportunity to get out of “Egypt,” we should seize it and never look back. We ALL have one or more “Egypt”—that is, a place where we have chosen to stay where we are not free to live in the great destiny God has planned for our life. Maybe our “Egypt” is an aspiration or particular goal, maybe it’s a job that’s under-utilizing our talents, perhaps it is a relationship that is not godly, maybe it is a constant state of desperation to be financially secure—it is basically any place we allow ourselves to stay which keeps us from drawing closer to God and living the mighty purpose He has planned. We’re often just like the Israelites–we don’t even realize we are becoming enslaved until it’s too late. Israel came to Egypt because God used Joseph to save them from a famine. They were there for over 400 years and God blessed them to the extent that the Egyptians eventually enslaved them for fear they’d overrun Egypt. (Exodus 1:13) Then God saw their misery and heart their prayers for deliverance and beautifully promised to deliver them from slavery: “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” (Exodus 6:6-7) It took great courage and faith in God for the Israelite slaves to defy the mighty army of Egypt and walk into the wild adventures God had planned. Even after God delivered them from horrendous slavery and was completely caring for them, they foolishly longed for the “good things” they remembered about Egypt. (Numbers 11:5) How much like them we are! God has given us FULL deliverance from the chains of this world, yet we choose to be burdened instead of drawing closer to Him to live in freedom. A godly friend reminded me yesterday that my main goal should be to “draw close to God.” He’s right—when we’re close to God, we are NEVER enslaved because–nothing enslaves HIM!