Don’t Look Back, Rather Give Thanks By: Pastor Femi Adebajo Text: Exodus 14:11-14(NLT) 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” 13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” As you read this passage you might be wondering that is it not foolish for the children of Israel to prefer going back to Egypt and remain under slavery than to get their freedom. I tell you brethren most of us at one time or the other in our Christian race had thought likewise. There are cases of people who after giving their lives to Christ things changed drastically for the downturn and they begin to wonder whether it is not better to go back to the world. While in the world there are several things you can do (like cheating, adultery, falsifying records etc.) which are illegal and contrary to the word of God that can help you to amass wealth and be part of Jones of the society. Now having given your life to Christ you can no longer do them and as a result your businesses and finances are in crisis. At occasions like this you begin to wonder if serving this God is worth it after all. However, just like Moses told the children of Israel “don’t be afraid” I am telling you that the challenges you are going through is for a short time. The Lord Himself will sort you out at His own time in name of Jesus. We must bear in mind gold is not picked on the surface of earth, it has to be dug out and thereafter refined by passing it through fire. Our afflictions are for us to develop the attitude of relying on God for our daily sustenance. We must bear in mind that the benefits behind the afflictions far outweighs its pains as we read in 2 Cor. 4:16-18 which says “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever” The word of the Lord will never fall to the ground so let us believe that our tomorrow will be better than our today (or yesterday), so there is no need for us to start regretting serving Him and or admiring all those evil things we use to do. I leave you with the word of Lord as found in Philippians 3:7-8. Therefore do not look back no matter what, rather give thanks.