“Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened.” Exodus 7:16
Dictionary.com defines “Freedom” as the power to determine action without restraint. It also defines “Freedom” as the absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one’s rights and powers.
Many of us are familiar with the back drop of the above scripture. The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for four hundred years and forced to build Pharaoh’s city under difficult conditions. They were broken, crushed, depressed and had given up on life until God called a man, a runner away Hebrew by the name of Moses.
Suddenly hope was restored as this man took to Pharaoh direct words from the Creator Himself.
“Let my people go,” in other words, take away the constraints and restrictions you have imposed on them. Let them use their power /rights to determine their fate without undue coercion or limitations.What I find interesting, is not the directness of the words or the boldness of Moses, what I find interesting here is the reason for the statement. This part of the message to Pharaoh is often forgotten and almost never highlighted when we review this story. The reality is that the above scripture reflected God’s desire to see the Israelite’s freedom from slavery so that they would be useful in worship to Him.
This can be applicable to us as well, God’s desire is for us to be free from every weight or distraction not just so we can have a good time, but so that we can worship Him. Worship requires focus, distractions and slavery breaks focus, that is why God wants you to be free today. He says that we should lay aside every weight and run the race of life with focus. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that Israelites were to worship God in the wilderness. The wilderness is a dry and barren place; it represents a place of isolation, lack and stagnation. However, worship is the antidote to the wilderness atmosphere, worshiping God in the wilderness is a main step to getting you to the Promised Land. God doesn’t want us to grumble in the wilderness, He doesn’t want us to complain in the wilderness, He wants us to Worship.
So free yourself from the “Pharaohs” of your life, address them directly like Moses did, do whatever it takes to maintain your freedom in Christ and Worship God. Remember you are not stuck, worship your way out of the “chains.”