"So you wanna go back to Egypt, where it's warm and secure.
Are you sorry you bought the one-way ticket when you thought you were sure?
You wanted to live in the Land of Promise, but now it's getting so hard.
Are you sorry you're out here in the desert, instead of your own backyard?"
... partial lyrics to So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt? by Keith Green
Do you remember that song written by Keith Green in 1980?
I do, and lately, it revs up inside my head when Christians complain about Today and wax all wishful about the Good Old Days of the presidencies of Reagan, both Mr. Bush's, Clinton and even Lincoln. I've received emails from ministries quoting Reagan and Lincoln, especially, as though they had everything perfectly right and Life was just one prosperous, fun party during their reigns.
Life has never been just one prosperous, fun party during anybody's reign. To think that, is well, too Lot's-pillar-of-salt-wife for me.
The Apostle Paul had more sense:
"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead."
The Times, they are a changin' and much of what worked in Reagan's days won't work now--and one reason why not? God wants our ears aimed at His mouth, at the 'nowness' of Him. He is I Am, a minute-by-minute God. He's not I-Used-To-Be.
(Ever found it strange that people mostly share quotes from the distant past instead of coming up with their own great quotes today? I have.)
I choose not to live on a sort of auto-pilot from The Past, walking blindfolded, all sleepy-eyed by rote, but rather, by what the Bible and God speak to me. His sheep who so needs His leadership and would rather be slaughtered than celebrate my independence like others do.
God enjoys shaking things up, moving them around. Why? So that always we'll rely upon Him, our Father, our Provider who takes wonderful care of His children (no matter how many Christians argue with you/me otherwise). Not any President, nor the stock-market, an abundant economy, paychecks, food stamps, bonuses, windfalls, get-rich-schemes, gambling, or our birthday money, even.
Those will pass away, are temporary and were never meant to keep our hearts strong or dependent upon them.
But God! His love, His ways are eternal. He is forever. He will always Be. And, I believe, that's what He tried to get through the Israelites' stubborn heads ... that moving along with His leadership always meant moving forward. To the next big adventure which would require hearts devoted to Him in order to survive--and even thrive.
"Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions." ... Ecclesiastes 7:10
"The words "still once more" reveal the removal of what is shaken—the things that are part of this creation—so that what isn't shaken will remain." ... Hebrews 12:27
"But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” ... Luke 21:36
I found this interesting. I think some of you will, also.