There’s only one nation on earth that can legitimately claim to be God’s chosen people.
Sorry, it’s not the United States.
It’s the nation of Israel.
The land flowing with milk and honey.
The promised land.
A nation that began when an old man and his wife had a son – a nation that came into it’s homeland by walking on dry ground through a miraculously parted Red Sea, was made great through one of the most interesting plot twists in history.
You know Israel because of what made her famous.
But Israel became great during a period of national struggle.
Genesis 46:3 gives us a glimpse when God speaks to Joseph: The he said, “I am the God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation.”
You see, the nation of Israel wasn’t made great when God gave the 10 commandments, or when David beat Goliath. Israel’s greatness was built during the darkest part of her history.
The greatness of Israel was forged in the fires of Egyptian slavery.
God promised to make Israel into a great nation, WHILE LIVING IN EGYPTIAN BONDAGE. When God told Joseph to seek relief from a famine in Egypt, He knew the nation would prosper there, only to be oppressed by a new Pharaoh a few years later. God sent Israel into the fire.
And it was the toughest of times that led to prosperity. Years of slavery were encouraged by God, because they would become the backdrop for His deliverance.
To this day, when Jews celebrate passover, the remember life in Egypt. Chroset is a mixture of chopped apple, walnuts and red wine. It resembles bricks and mortar, reminding the Jews of the hard work forced to endure as slaves.
Hard labor, encouraged by God, helped made them into a great nation.
We think it’s the successes in life that make us great, but it’s actually what we become during times of struggle.
If you are going through tough times, take a little comfort in knowing it’s these tough times that can actually make you great.
Just like the nation of Israel.