Where are you headed? What direction are you going? What are you taking with you as you go? Those questions are simple questions that apply to any trip that we may take. Upon telling Moses that the Israelites could leave Egypt, Pharaoh had his own demands in order to let them go. One was for the men only to leave without their families and go and worship their God. When that didn’t work, he said that they could leave, but without their flocks and herds. Moses responded to that demand by saying, in Exodus 10:26 ” Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD." Pharaoh’s final demand for them was to leave, but not to go very far. He wanted them to go far enough for them to worship their God, yet close enough for Pharaoh to continue his control over them in the future if he so chose.
Those sweet friend, are the same demands that the devil gives us. When he sees that our level of commitment to the Lord involves a true commitment, he says to us, “go ahead if you must, worship your God, but don’t bother trying to get your friends and family to go along with you”. Then he sees that our level of commitment to the Lord involves surrendering our jobs, business and earthly possessions; and he gets bent out of shape, because he knows that when that happens, we are most serious about our commitment and he is losing his control over us. You see, Moses realized that the Israelites must take it all or nothing when they left the land of bondage and headed off to the promised land that God was about to give them. For God had given Moses the instructions on what to do and he could do nothing less than follow every one of them. Even in there needing their cattle to use in their worship of God. God knew that they would need it all. We too must, “decide this day, whom we will serve” according to Joshua 24:15. Make up our minds and if we choose to go with God, then let us go and no turning back!
Be sure that you know what your spiritual plans are, for you, your family and all that you have. God has given you His directions in His Word, but you must get in there and find them out for yourself, leaving no foothold for the devil to bring you back to the land that you will leave; because I can promise you that anytime you leave the land of bondage, the devil sits and waits for your return and will try, as he did with the Israelites, to bring you back. He is relentless in bringing us down. But, if you are in God’s will, going His direction, hell itself cannot bring you back. God is a Strong Tower and we can run to Him when we need Him. He can thwart and destroy the evil plans against us and there is no safer place to be than on the other side, where God may tell us to go. For there, the enemy cannot touch us!