3/22: Victimized No More

 

The children of Israel had lived as slaves for over 400 years. They had not only adapted to their environment, but they had adopted a slavery mindset. Mindsets are not easily reset, even when the environment and life situation changes. So when God delivered them from the slavery environment, He still had quite a work to do to deliver them from the slavery mindset. The re-education started almost right away.

Moses and the people were only days out of Egypt when Pharaoh decided he had made a mistake to let his entire labor force go free. He rallied his troops and took out after them. Exodus 14:10-12 records the people’s reaction when they realized what was happening:

  • And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” (NKJ)

Moses’ answer rings of faith and trust, and rings from the heart of a man who had not developed the slavery mindset. He said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today…” Exodus 14:13 (NKJ).

There will come a time when enough is enough, when you have to start thinking like a free person deserving of dignity and respect. There will come a time when you recognize your rights and your place in the scheme of things. Like the children of Israel, you may be tempted to say, “Forget it. I’ll just become a slave – a victim – again; after all, that’s what I know and that is just easier.” But, you realize that God has delivered you from places to which you refuse to return and to which He has no intention of sending you back. Nevertheless, it’s a fearful thing to watch as those who mistreat you, disrespect you, and victimize you ride headlong toward you with every intention of keeping you under their thumb.

Heed God’s word for you today. “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” You may be waiting in tears just like the children of Israel were probably were doing, trembling as the Egyptian army rode down on them. But God had a plan of escape for them, just as you must trust that He has for you. Standing still says two things: 1) I trust God, and 2) I refuse to be victimized any more.

Oh, and as for the victimizers out there, before they mistreat God’s children, they’d better learn to swim.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 22, 2013.

2 Responses to “3/22: Victimized No More”

  1. “they’d better learn to swim.” I’m smiling. Sharon, praying you have a wonderful time at Mt. Hermon. Enjoy the beauty and the people for me. Marilyn # Marilyn J. Woody My Blog: A Thread of Legacy # My FaceBook # My Fan Page

  2. “Free At Last. Thank God, Almighty, I am Free At Last.”

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