I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. Genesis 46:4
I was watching my daughters basketball team practice last night and the coach was going over the importance of their game stance, or their ready position. Feet wide spread, knees bent, hands up, eyes up… body ready to take on the opponent. He said if you don’t have a good game stance, if your caught lounging, if your feet start crossing, you’ll be beat right out of the gate. He’s right, if your think of any sport there is a ready stance, racers get low in the starting block, swimmers lean in over the pool, skiers grip their polls. If you don’t have a game stance you’re beat before the game even begins!
In the same way I remembered hiking as a family when the kids were younger and both my husband and I would carry a kid on our backs in those child hiking backpack devices. I’d crouch low feet wide to prep and stabilize myself for on the count of three I’d stand up with the added 30 pounds of bundled joy strapped on! Really no problem, simple, however if that same 30 pounds of bundled joy came running at me jumping on my back by surprise I’d probably slip every disc in my lower back! The difference being I was in the ready stance, I was prepared and expecting the first experience.
Hebrews 12:2 states, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. I believe Jesus was able to stay devoted to the joy set before Him because the shame did not take Him by surprise, the cross didn’t take Him by surprise, the rejection and pain was not a surprise. He had decided from the beginning when He went to the stable in the feeding trough, He would be devoted to the joy set before Him at the finish line… the saving of many lives to His glory! On the cross He wasn’t looking behind, or around comparing His situation to others, no He was devoted, He had decided to choose joy, (which is a decision before a feeling so often, right) He had his game stance.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So take a ready stance!! When the morning alarm goes off hear it as the game start whistle and jump out of bed with that ready stance, with your game face on! Your devotion set on Jesus, deciding to choose the joy set before you in His salvation of your life in Him!
God told Jacob not to be afraid, He would go down with him into Egypt. What is your Egypt? Remember Jesus went to a stable and laid in a feeding trough, He will go with you to your “Egypt”. But the verse doesn’t end there… AND I will surely bring you back again! Praise Jesus He never leaves us in Egypt!! Now Jacob never return to his land while he was still alive but God never left him in Egypt, He brought him home, heavenly home through Egypt. God did however bring the people back out of Egypt in His time as He had told Jacob He would because He is always faithful. If we want His promises we have to trust His processes.
So what’s your game stance today, are your ready? Have you decided on joy in Jesus to be wholly devoted to Him in your relationships, achievements and endeavors in whatever comes your way? Do your trust He will be with you in your “Egypt” so that Egypt doesn’t have you beat before you even start the game?!
Jesus be the devotion of my heart, give me a game stance that cannot be shaken.
Independent read: Psalm 62:6