“Flee to Egypt,” Matthew 2: 13-23; Pastor Marvin G Spence
There may be times in our lives when we may be divinely called to leave our comfort zone of relationships and community to go where the Holy Spirit is calling us to go. This is a Holy Spirit directive that Joseph followed when he left the familiar setting of Bethlehem and traveled to Egypt to assure the safety of baby Jesus. Those times when we are required to live in the unfamiliar is when our spiritual maturity grows because we rely on the Lord’s guidance and teachings. While we are maturing in our faith, God is preparing us to return to our roots, affirmed in our identity and equipped to begin our spiritual work. We will have our “flee to Egypt” experiences but remember we are expected to return to the real world with its challenges, disappointments and heartaches. When we return we are yoked with Holy Spirit who will shape our decisions, strengthen our resolve, spiritual commitment and guide us to living a Christ—changed life. Scripture says” Greater is He who is in you than the one is in the world (1 John 4:4). Love for the Lord drives out our fears.