“[Reflecting on the Exodus of Israel out of Egypt] God’s will is that the security of slaves is to be forsaken and replaced by the insecurity of free men in the making. This is a difficult situation because while we are in the making we do not yet know how to be free and we do not want to be slaves any more. Remember what happened to the Jews in the wilderness, how often they regretted the time when they were enslaved in Egypt, but fed. How often they complained that now they were without a roof, without food, dependent on the will of God, which they had not yet learned to rely upon completely; for God gives us grace, but leaves it to us to become new creatures.” (Bloom, Anthony. Living Prayer. Springfield: Templegate Publishers, 1966, p. 27.)
When it comes to the slaveries in my own life—obsessions, compulsions and such–there is a security in familiar slavery that I hold onto in the face of the insecurity of true but unfamiliar freedom.
“Jesus, I feel the substance of this insight. There are ways that I want and need to be free, but I resist surrendering something that seems to have met a need for me (like being fed as a slave) for an unknown (though I’m sure truer and better) way that need would be met. Help me step into the freedoms You have for me with courage and mature perspective. Do not let me fall back to childish fear. Amen.”
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