Then the Lord said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.” So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days. During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived. Exodus 10:21-23 NLT
There is a sense of community when people share the same experiences; their shared experiences create a bond between them. People in political regions are likely to have a shared response to what is happening around them. We are united by our shared experiences.
Here are two groups with shared experiences. The Egyptians shared experience was not pleasant. They did not do anything to deserve that shared experience but their leader’s actions or lack of it, determined what happened in the land. God sent a message to Pharaoh, but he chose to disregard that message. As a result, there were consequences from God and darkness covered the land. I could only imagine the fear in the hearts of the people, because they had no idea that this darkness was punishment from God on their land.
But if you walked over to the camp where the people of Israel lived, it was business as usual. Their shared experiences were different because their leaders were walking with God; they did what He said and went where He directed. Their leaders’ actions generated a different response from Him. So although they lived in the same country, one group experienced darkness while the other lived in the light. That is how God works; He works in such a way, that people have no choice but to stand in awe.
So as an individual, you have a responsibility to choose who to follow. When Joshua addressed the people before his death, he told them that they had to make a choice. He said, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV. Like Joshua, I choose to serve the Lord, what about you?
Thought for Today: Friend, let God direct your shared experiences.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.