Theme of the Week: Brokenness Is Real
Bible Verse: “So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves.” Exodus 1:13, ESV
Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:7-22
We cannot underestimate that a significant part of the reason you experience brokenness is because of the impact of others’ sins on your life. To some extent, we are all shaped by the relationships and experiences in our life. You are surrounded every day by broken people who are doing things that broken people do.
For example, there is much science around how trauma in your own life (being abused or abandoned – experiencing an accident or death, etc.) shapes your brain and how that influences your response in different situations. Your mind moves into fight or flight mode because of others’ sins that you have personally experienced.
In Exodus 1, we enter the Israelites’ story – a group that is “exceedingly strong” and large in number. Somehow, this large number of strong people became slaves who were oppressed and abused by Egypt. Israel was broken. They did not live in the strength that was theirs as they experienced the cruel slavery of Egypt.
Exodus 2:23 says when the king of Egypt finally died, the people of Israel “groaned” because of their slavery, and they cried out for help.
What are the sins that have been committed against you? These sins may be relatively small from yesterday, or they could be far more traumatic and life-shaping. How have those sins resulted in your brokenness?
Israel was finally willing to groan to God about their slavery and cry out to him for help. This is an excellent lesson for us. Take a few moments today to identify how the sin of others has broken your own life – tell God what you are experiencing and feeling – cry out to him for help. Don’t wait to do this. Your exodus from your own Egypt may be around the corner.
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