I was reading in Jeremiah 42 today, and was struck with something in this chapter. I'm no Bible scholar, but here's my take on it.
So, the Israelites have been taken into captivity and are living in Babylon. God is now promising the Israelites a way home from their captivity, and not only that but He further promises that He'll bless them, provide for them, bring them home to a free land, their land. Sounds great! One would think that they would be jumping at this wonderful opportunity...wouldn't we all? Apparently however, that isn't the case.
After all these wonderful-can't-turn-them-down promises, God goes on to warn the Israelites to not go to Egypt. Egypt??? Wait a second, why would anyone want to go there? What's in Egypt? Why would they want to go back to Egpyt (a land where'd they'd previously been enslaved!) when God is clearly promising them a free ticket and glorious ride back to Israel? Why do they not want to take God at His word, and accept His wonderful promises? Why would they not want to return to the promised land?
I don't know, but I bet we still do those types of things to God today. There's a passage in Galatians 4:1-9 which seems to touch on this, talking about how we are no longer slaves to the world, but children of God! Why would we, with the opportunity of an adoption from the best Father you could ever have, want to return to bondage, to slavery of sin, and of the world? I love how it is all summed up in verse 9:
"But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?" (KJV)
God only ever wants the best for us. Sure, His best isn't always the easy way (at least, not at first glance), but it is the way filled with His care, His blessings, and His rewards for those who diligently trust and follow Him. May I go to the promised land, following His lead and direction, instead of stubbornly pining for Egypt.