But our fathers refused to obey him (Moses). Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
Even after God powerfully leads His people, providing them Himself and His promises – in their hearts they turn back to the old life. There is something significant about the old life. Even though the Good News is good news, people turn back to the old life. In their hearts first they turn back. I wonder how many Christians are, in their hearts, turning back to the old life – to Egypt. This may be the power of sin… or maybe a lack of understanding of who we are in Christ – or more likely both! When we are temped to sin we can easily think that living out that sin is who we are – because the sin is appealing. What is needed is the switch in our hearts that Egypt is not who we are; it’s not what we want, even though we “want” it. What we want most, in the midst of temptation, is closeness to Christ. So with our new identity we battle against the desires of the flesh in order to live out this live of Christ. While in the flesh we will do battle with the flesh. Becoming a Christ one will not change that – and it seems that people expect that. As if when we trust Christ the pull of the flesh ought to disappear. Now it does diminish and disappears in the life of a Christian, but only over time as we submit to the leadership of Jesus Christ.
All temptation is common to man (1 Cor. 10:13). I’ve had enough experience with it to know that it ends in death and it is not who I am in Christ. So I continue to trust Jesus for my salvation (I am one who needs to be saved!) and I yield to Him.
Lord – I love You because You first loved me. I yield to You today.