Scripture Readings: Isaiah 31:1
From the time of their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, going down to Egypt in times of famine have been the tradition of the Israelites. Abraham went down to Egypt when there was a famine in the land of promise and sojourned there. Several years later, Isaac followed his father’s footsteps towards Egypt, but just before he got there the Lord interrupted the journey. However, Jacob, at the end, gathered his entire generation and settled down in Egypt during a seven-year famine.
It seems to appear that Egypt has always been a land of plenty and a land never affected by the plagues of famine. When other nations experienced the hardship of famine, Egypt appeared to be booming with resources and wealth, not just for its citizens, but enough to spare also for the fugitives from other nations. It is therefore understandable when God’s people run into Egypt for succor in times of hardship. After all, if their faithful fathers did it, what stopped them from following suit?
Although it had always temporarily satisfied the immediate need of the men who went down to Egypt, the lasting and devastating consequences of that journey always remained in the shadows and was never really traced to its real source – Egypt.
When Abraham went down to Egypt, many things began to go wrong in his live, and his integrity was compromised. First, his marriage was seriously affected. He sabotaged his union with his wife because he wanted to save his life, from hunger and from men. Then he began to receive gifts in exchange for the bearer of the seed of promise, so much that, when finally, he was sent away, the Bible noted that he was a very rich man.
As one Christian said, Yes, Egypt made him rich, but at what cost? It was also in his sojourn in Egypt that a certain maiden named Hagar found her way into Abraham’s household, an entrance that resulted to the evil that still plagues the earth until now.
Beloved, Egypt, which for us today is the world system and pattern, still appears flourishing and booming with wealth and opportunities. Whereas, where we are, in the supposed Promised Land, which is God’s purpose for us, seems plagued with famine and hardship, wait. Don’t be in a hurry to return to the world, it is expedient, beloved, that you know that even Isaac in our theme scripture, made great harvest in the land of famine when he obeyed God. What you hurry to gain in the world, will cost you far more than it will give you.
Beloved, are there some ways you have begun to reduce your former righteous standards? Are you beginning to be “tolerant” to the corruption and decay of the world system? Are you beginning to fit in with men of low virtues? The consequences of a brief moment of compromise, just to make a little gain through the ways of the world, can leave you with a generational wound and far worst, an eternal regret. Others may do it and may look to be succeeding, but the world pattern has never left any man unscarred. Don’t go back to Egypt, nor to the former things you had renounced, don’t return to your vomit, no matter the pressure.
MASS: WHITE Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1.14-15ab. 15c-18.19-21 (R.21a); Accl. Ps 118:24; Mk 16:9-15OCTAVE OF EASTER
- Lord, keep me faithful to you no matter the hard times.
- O Lord, draw my heart away from the pleasures and treasures of the world.
- Lord take away from me everything of the world that has infected my life and destiny.
- Make me to prosper, even in the midst of this present famine for Psalms 39:19 says that I will be satisfied even in famine.
Exercise: Keep a praying heart throughout the day asking the Lord for the grace to love Him more.
Meditation: 1 Timothy 6:9