As I was reading through Genesis, I was reminded of an incident I experienced almost 30 years ago. I was living in Casper, Wyoming at the time and getting ready to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado which meant I would have to leave the fellowship we were very involved in. The leadership of the fellowship wasn’t too crazy about the idea and made it clear that they thought I was out of God’s will. They even had a leader, higher on the leadership ladder, who was from out of town, take me for a walk to try and convince me that I was not hearing from the Lord.
As we were walking along, he said to me, “You know you could be heading to Egypt?”, to a spiritual wasteland is what he was inferring to. A spiritual death, as I recall, was his inference. It was then, amidst the intimidation of going for a walk with this ‘spiritual leader’ of the fellowship that the Holy Spirit gave me the words to say, words that I could not have come up with on my own (I was still pretty young in the Lord at the time). I said, “God lives in Egypt too.”
So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.”
We must never forget, that wherever we are God is with us. He is ‘omnipresent’, that is able to be everywhere at the same time.
I learned a valuable lesson that day. The importance of hearing the Lord’s voice so clearly, that even when others oppose what I believe he is telling me to do, even when it doesn’t make sense to others (and in some cases to me) I can trust that God will always go with me. He lives in Egypt too!