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Despite an Unpleasant Past, God Can Lift You Up

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Psalms 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

When God has a promise concerning your life, you will not stay at the same stage all the days of your life. After being slaves in Egypt for 430 years, not much was expected of the Children of Israel. Their future looked bleak, in all likelihood they were destined to be slaves for the rest of their existence. In that culture, once you were a slave, you will remain a slave unless you accumulate enough money to buy your own freedom. Alternatively, a wealthy close relative, referred to as a kinsman redeemer, could buy your freedom. None of those two outcomes was likely for the Children of Israel, and even if it happened for one or two, it is unlikely that it would be the outcome for the majority. The only thing they had going for them was that God had made a promise concerning them. He had promised that they would possess the land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey. Because God had made that promise concerning them there was no way that He would leave them in that place.

Not only did God take them out of Egypt, Psalms 105:24 tells us that God increased them greatly and made them stronger than their enemies. Seventy persons went down to Egypt in the time of the famine with Joseph and by the time they left it was estimated that their number was at least 2.4 million. In addition to that, because God was on  their side, their enemies were not any match for them. When God finished lifting them up, they were greater than even those who they previously worked for. Don’t judge your future by your past, but rather judge it by the promises that God has spoken concerning your life and the dreams he has placed on your heart. Despite your unpleasant past God can lift you up.

Life Application: Position yourself for God to lift you up by basing your expectation of your future on the promises of God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the lifter of my head. I will rest in your promises concerning my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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