“Then they said to Moses, ‘Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt’” (Exodus 14:11).

After 400 years the Hebrews were seemingly unaware of how enslavement had conditioned them to view Egypt not as an oppressive despot; a tyrant that destroyed hopes and dreams, but rather, as a sanctuary for remaining comfortable. Thus, the Hebrews soon discovered that it is easier to speak of faith in the familiar, monotonous routines of everyday life in Egypt than it is to actually live by faith in the unfamiliar and uncharted territories of the wilderness. Faith that is content to die in the memories of the past isn’t faith but sentimentality. A living faith is always leaning forward into the pursuit of God’s future.

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