Many people are very concerned about the direction in which our country seems to be going. Freedoms that are guaranteed by our Constitution are being taken away, especially our religious freedoms. Things look pretty bad in America. But let’s not forget, our Pledge of Allegiance says, “One nation, UNDER GOD…”, we were founded as a nation under God. We, as God’s people, have available to us certain benefits promised by God IF we do our part. Over the next few posts, we are going to look at God’s historical favor on His people and be encouraged because, “I am the LORD, I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6).Jacob and his family went to live in Egypt because of the favor of God through His servant Joseph, (beginning in Genesis 37). Pharaoh gave them the Land of Goshen to live in. That was God’s favor but there was more to it. When the next Pharaoh, the government, began mistreating God’s people, God began sending plagues on Egypt to force Pharaoh to “Let My people go.” Many bad things happened to the country of Egypt but, in the land of Goshen, God’s people were protected.
Swarms of flies: “But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.” (Exodus 8:22). Darkness: “No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.” (Exodus 10:23). Death of the firstborn: “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13). It was the same with the plagues of hail, the death of animals, and locusts; none of it bothered God’s people who lived in His protected place.
The point is, IF we, as God’s people, will, “.. listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees,” (Exodus 15:26), then we will be able to live in “God’s Protected Place”, the United States of America.