I wonder if you have ever thought about how much our lives are controlled by “slave drivers”?
When God’s people were slaves in Egypt, their entire lives were under the control of their taskmasters. This was God’s response, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land…. ” Exodus 3:7, 8.
God sent Moses to rescue His people from bondage to the Egyptians and gave them His commandments so that they would learn how to be free. They came out of Egypt with a slave mentality. All they knew was the dehumanising cruelty of their Egyptian masters. They were treated as machines, only valuable because they made bricks. Their dignity was assaulted by their slave drivers who had the right to take their wives, their property and even their lives with no recourse to justice. Just like children, they treated each other as they had been treated.
God called them into a marriage relationship with Himself and set about teaching them how to live so that they could be free from guilt and shame and from their old slave ways. His laws were given to show them what the best life was so that they would no longer be slave drivers to one another, living under the bondage of a lifestyle that treated one another as less than human.
Many of us have never lived under oppression. Some of us have. But worse than the misery caused by oppressors is the misery that the Evil One subjects us to because of the internal ”slave drivers” that put us under pressure. What about emotions like guilt and fear, anger and jealousy, envy and coveting? What about the addictions some of us serve, gambling, alcohol, drugs, food, sex, cigarettes or pornography? We fool ourselves into believing that we can get free whenever we want to, but we know in our hearts that it is not true.
The apostle Paul said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Gal 5:1.
Jesus bought our freedom at a great price. He still hears the cries of those who are under the oppression of slave drivers. What does it take to be set free? The children of Israel cried to God. The first step to freedom is to acknowledge that you are in bondage and to cry to God. Just as He heard His people long ago, He will hear you. It takes humility and courage to admit that you are a slave, but it is a small price to pay for true freedom.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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