Remember That You Were Slaves!
I’m not ready for black history month to be over. For the last day of the month I’d like to share a powerful message from the Bible.
The children of Israel were God’s chosen people, whom he had a special love for. This message was from God to them and I believe this message translates to us today perfectly, especially during African American Heritage Month. Furthermore, the bible says that the things that happened to them, happened as examples to us, to whom the end of the world comes (1 Corinthians 10:11). I believe that the story of the Israelites is recorded for our benefit. If the Bible is not relevant to us today, then, to me, it serves no purpose. I accept this message, and I encourage you to accept it too.
The Bible says, “Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 5:15), in the book of Deuteronomy. This message is repeated 5 times in this book. God wanted his special people to remember where they had come from. He wanted them to remember for a reason.
The children of Israel had come out of slavery miraculously, and they came out singing and rejoicing. They came from Egypt and began to conquer Canaan, and the surrounding countries were watching, and they were afraid of the children of the slaves. The children of slaves became established and became a great nation. For other nations have impacted our world as they have.
That passion from being slaves was the fuel that drove them to achievement. I believe that there is nothing in the world that can match the passion that pain creates. There was a creativity that flowed from the pain of their forefathers. I believe we see that this same flow of passion and creativity today.
Our experience coming out of Africa has renewed that passion. In the United States and across the world the children of slaves are killing it. The surrounding nations are watching our success and have constructed systems to suppress us. Many of these systems are built to benefit from our pain.
That pain is fuel for your passion, use it to fuel your success. These systems that are built to keep us suppressed and in pain are contributors to our success. Your pain contributes to your story. Whatever your story is, there is something that you have that the world needs. The world needs something that you are passionate about. The world needs you and your story. Be grateful for your pain, it fuels your passion. Use the pain of your past as fuel for your success? Is this the reason God says, “Remember that you were slaves.” What do you think? Do you think this is a message for us?
I wonder if people realize that the man that they worship is a descendent of slaves. I wonder if they realize he is a product of pain? What if God intended that pain was to be fuel for our passion? If so, when we learn to convert our pain into passion and our passion into praise there will be no limit to our praise. This world will suddenly seem like a better place.