“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.” Numbers 11:5

I read the verse. And then I read it again. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing jump out at me from my tablet screen.

We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.

The Israelites were in the wilderness. They were free, but they were tired, hot, and hungry. Also, they were apparently suffering from selective amnesia.

They were pining away for a life of slavery! I mean,  who does that? Who thinks back on our former lives and sees only what they want to – that food may have been free, but it came with strings attached.  They were fed so that they could have the strength to work all day in the hot Egyptian sun, building monuments to gods they didn’t worship, and being beaten for the privilege.

Who looks backward at their old life when the present one becomes challenging and only remembers what they want to?

We do.

When we come under attack from the enemy in an area we have surrendered to God – be it our faith, our finances,  or our families – it can be oh so tempting to think back to our pre-Jesus days and consider them easier. I’m here to remind you that is a big mistake. Yes, you can look at times that were better, but chances are you are forgetting just how bad, how empty and hopeless your life was without Him.

Don’t give up. Don’t turn back. Don’t give up the Promised
Land for some free food and back breaking labor. Troubles in this life are temporary,  and we can only leave them behind when we walk out of our old life and into the new.

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