And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty handed. Exodus 3:21
At this point in Exodus, Moses has just encountered God in the burning bush. The Israelites had been enslaved for 400 years and to them God was a lost notion. He had forgotten about them. The truth was that He had not. The truth was the Egyptians were threatened by their numbers and figured slavery would be a way to keep them in check. They felt like if they could overpower the Israelites and use up their labor, they would be too tired to reproduce.
That is what the enemy does. Just when you start to gain some traction and you begin to get a little more powerful in your purpose, the enemy throws something in your path to keep your mind and spirit enslaved to something (or someone) that has nothing to do with your true destination. The Israelites ended up in Egypt due to famine and had to travel there in order to survive, but when they started doing a little too well for themselves, Pharaoh had to put a stop to it.
You may meet a friend and they are helpful to you at first, but the minute you start doing a little too well, they want you to stay on the level you were, so they aren’t intimidated. They want you to stay enslaved to your past circumstances.
You may end up in situations with the intention of doing one thing but get so caught up in staying busy and checking off lists that you don’t realize that you have lost so much time. We get enslaved to drama, busyness and to making ourselves feel good. We get to the point that we are so caught up that we forget what it is we are supposed to be doing. We have been imprisoned so log that it becomes the only way we know how to function. When the opportunity comes to finally escape it, we don’t really believe it, in the same way the Israelites were hesitant to believe Moses. Sometimes, even when we leave, we bring the prison with us. We have left Egypt, but Egypt hasn’t left us. We feel like if we leave our present circumstances, we won’t have anything left. How will we survive? What will we have to show for it?
There are times we don’t want to let go of what’s in our hands because we don’t know that we will be able to function without it. God wouldn’t give you the opportunity to lay it down if you didn’t have the capacity to move forward without it. Just because your hands may be empty, doesn’t mean that you have to be. God is going to fill you up with what you need unto the point of overflow. You just have to trust that He knows what He is doing. God has a plan far greater than we could imagine. We don’t see all the steps and we get scared. Well if you had all the directions, you wouldn’t need faith. The same God that was with you yesterday, is with you today and is already in your tomorrow.
God won’t let you leave empty.
Whatever it is that you are leaving behind, God has something greater and better for you to replace it.