After the Rescue

Exodus 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

This message was strong in my spirit today.

Never forget where you came from.

As I was doing devotions two stories came to mind. The first is Pharaoh’s hardened heart at the miracles God did and the second is the one leper among the ten who came back to thank Jesus.

What will we do when we’re rescued?

These two stories have something in common. Both cried out for respite. Both asked God to relieve their suffering. The Samaritan leper returned to give thanks. But Pharaoh, upon receiving relief, turned back to his sin.

Oh how quickly we forget our dependence on God until our flesh is uncomfortable.

We are always in desperate need of our Maker. You and I are breathing because He created our lungs and wills us to be here right now. If He didn’t, I assure you we would not.

But…pride.

Pride causes us to think we’re something we aren’t. That we can live without God and are the reason for whatever we achieve.

Daniel 4:29-31 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,

Ask King Nebuchadnezzar. I wonder what he’d say now if we could ask him. I’m pretty sure he would testify of God’s greatness and his human frailty.

We are not as strong as we think we are.

It scares me a little, to be raw here, that human nature leans so heavily to pride. As I’ve been crying out to God in my wilderness season, I wonder. What happens when I’m not in this season anymore? It keeps me seeking God daily for brokenness. The world doesn’t need more of Laurel. It needs more of Jesus shining through me.

Today, I want to encourage you to never ever forget where God brought you (and is still bringing you) out of. Your car, house, title, responsibilities, social status, struggles etc may change. But don’t ever let your heart harden. Don’t forget the hurting. Needy. Lost.

Helping hurting people, setting the captives free, and making disciples is why we’re here.

God doesn’t care about what we know. He cares about what we live out.

Keep seeking God for whatever you need. But just like physical seasons, seasons of life change too. When your winter is over, never forget it was God that kept you and brought you out. Live a life of thankfulness. And while you’re in the spring, someone around you is in their winter. They need you to remember.

Give thanks. Remember.

Luke 17:12-19 ESV And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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