“While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt,
the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron:
‘From now on this month will be the first month of the year for you’”
The Israelites were still in the land of Egypt when God gave instructions for the Passover. Still in Egypt meant they were still in bondage, still feeling the sharp pain of cruel whips on their backs, and still in despair of ever being free. And yet, it was in that still time that the Lord gave them detailed instructions concerning their future. From now on their lives would be different. From now on this month would be celebrated as a new beginning. While the slaves were still in bondage, GOD drew a line in the sand.
Two options were set before the family of Israel that night…trust God and smear the blood of the lamb on their doorposts…or go to bed as usual and wake up to dead children. Trusting God’s instructions could not have been easy. Afterall, God had promised to deliver them, and yet after nine plagues, they were still in bondage!
Believing God is hard for any of us who feel like we’re still in the land of desolation. But THAT is exactly where Our Father speaks His hope…right in the middle of still. God knows the plans HE has for our future. The Israelites chose to trust His Word that night…can I do the same?