The social and political unrest that is happening around the world sounds strangely similar to the biblical account of the Israelites being enslaved by Egypt for four hundred years. Except there is no Moses and I’m pretty sure the Red Sea won’t be parted. But the cry of the people rings a similar tone to the message God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go.”
Just as the Israelites did, no one in our present time wants to be ruled by a dictator and be enslaved to live the way someone else determines or demands. We all want freedom, freedom to make our own choices, live our own lives, and raise our own families. We want freedom to walk the streets in peace and safety. It’s something worth fighting for and people have been for centuries.
Even though we all have a deep cry for natural freedom, sadly, we often choose to live out our lives in spiritual slavery. We become addicted to the chains of sin that entangle us. Things like alcohol, drugs, pornography, laziness, gossip, hate, anger, bitterness, depression… and the list goes on. Even though all of these things have an outward manifestation it marks a clear spiritual slavery in our lives. They become what we choose to obey.
Scripture says, “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” (Romans 6:16)
The choice is really ours. We can choose to live out our entire lives enslaved to some dictator like addiction or we can surrender it to the master, Jesus. He has sent a clear message to all of us that there is freedom from our bondage through him. He cries out to the things that keep us from him with a loud and bold cry “Let My People Go.”
God did not create you to serve those things in your life that keep you from him. He created you to walk in the freedom he provides. He knows that true freedom can only come from surrendering to him and not our sin. Break the chains!