Beware the Land of Wealth and Ease!

Have you been considering making a certain decision that would make your life easier? Did you USED to think that you are in the right place, on the right path–but now, you’re not so sure because things are so hard?

If so, the Lord has an urgent word for you today.

Yesterday, I was studying and the Lord hit me right between the eyes with this word. He took me to Exodus 1:6-8, which says this:

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:6-8).

When I read that, I immediately wondered:

Why did the Israelites stay in Egypt so long?

The children of Israel came to Egypt originally due to a famine in their own land–the land to which God called Abraham. They had an inheritance there and were occupying the land to which they were called.

But one day, a famine came and they were not prepared. So they went to Egypt, made contact with Joseph, and ended up moving all their families to Egypt.

That’s all well and good when you’re fleeing a famine.

The Bible says that Joseph told his brothers the Lord had made a way for HIM–Joseph–to save them all alive, by sending him ahead of them and making him the prime minister of Egypt. But the famine didn’t last forever. The Israelites’ need for help didn’t last forever. When the famine ended, they could have gone back to the land of Israel (the land that would eventually become Israel, anyway).

Why didn’t they?

We don’t know every reason, but we can take an educated guess at what may have been the reason when we look again at Exodus 1:6-8:

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:6-8).

Egypt at that time was one of the world’s greatest civilizations. It was a land of wealth and ease. It was fertile and had a good infrastructure. It was well-governed. It was one of the great models of human splendor and majesty for the whole world.

And the Israelites prospered there. They had lots of children, and presumably wealth–since they did arrive with livestock, and were later called “mighty.” (Poor, beggarly people generally aren’t called “mighty.”) The land “was filled with them,” the Bible says.

With Joseph as Prime Minister, the Israelites could have returned to their own land after the famine.

Their vocation of shepherding was offensive to the Egyptians anyway. The Egyptians thought sheep were uncouth. So all eleven tribes (except Joseph) could have said “thank you,” “we honor you,” and “goodbye.” And they could have gone back to their inheritance–to the land to which THE LORD had called them.

But they didn’t. And the only reason that we can infer from Scripture is that they enjoyed the land of wealth and ease too much to leave it. They stayed in Egypt for so long because of the wealth and ease they experienced there.

This assumption is even more reasonable when you look down through the years at Israel’s history.

In Jeremiah 42:7-18, we see Israel eyeballing Egypt again. The remnant people of the Israelites that Nebuchadnezzar didn’t take into captivity are all having a meeting with Jeremiah the prophet. They want to go down to Egypt and dwell there, and they asked Jeremiah to pray about it for them.

This is what God had to say about that plan:

“And it happened after ten days that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. Then he called Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, and said to them,

‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him: ‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you.

Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’

But if you say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the Lord your God, saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of Egypt where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread, and there we will dwell’–then hear now the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah!

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

‘If you wholly set your faces to enter Egypt, and go to dwell there, then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.

So shall it be with all the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to dwell there. They shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. And none of them shall remain or escape from the disaster that I will bring upon them.’

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘As My anger and My fury have been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so will My fury be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. And you shall be an oath, an astonishment, a curse, and a reproach; and you shall see this place no more’” (Jeremiah 42:7-18, emphasis mine).

WHOA!

Did you see that? The Lord came right out and said in that passage that these backslidden Israelites wanted to go to Egypt because:

  • They would not see war there;
  • They would not be disturbed by the sound of the trumpet; and
  • They would not be hungry for bread there.

The people wanted peace.

They didn’t want to fight for anything. They didn’t want to contend. They were tired of war–even though they had survived a war!

They also didn’t want to be disturbed.

This remnant of Israel also didn’t want to hear the sound of the trumpet anymore. The trumpet was used in ancient Israel for a lot of things, including:

  • To sound the alarm when an enemy invasion occurred;
  • To call the people to war;
  • To call the people to worship;
  • To alert the people that it was time to confess or shout out something, together in one accord; and
  • To make important announcements that the people needed to know about.

So the people didn’t want to be made to get off their “blessed assurance” to worship, to defend what was theirs, to dwell in unity with the brethren, to confess God’s Word out loud, to attend church, or to know relevant information that pertained to THEIR LIVES.

They didn’t want to work or be bothered, and they didn’t want to be hungry.

They only wanted to dwell at ease. They wanted what the Sons of Korah specifically spoke out against in Psalm 84:10:

“For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10 AMPC).

This remnant of Israel wanted to dwell at ease, without worship, war, or responsibility, in their tents of wickedness. They didn’t want to be hungry; didn’t want to fight; didn’t want to have to put forth any effort anymore.

“Give us the land of wealth and ease,” was basically what they said.

But you know what God thought about that plan? Not much.

Not only did God tell them not to go, but He also told them that all the things they were trying to flee WOULD come upon them if they ran to Egypt for safety, security, shelter, and help. However, He told them that–IF they would stay where He put them, even though it would be hard–then He would protect them, prosper them, and provide for them.

We see God’s opinion about this “let’s go down to Egypt” thing in Jeremiah 2:36-37 as well:

“How much you go about, changing your way! You shall be put to shame by Egypt as you were put to shame by Assyria. From it too you will come away with your hands on your head, for the Lord has rejected those in whom you trust, and you will not prosper by them” (Jeremiah 2:36-37).

Yes, the descendants of Abraham had a long and sinful problem of looking to Egypt for help.

But you know what? God will not bless our way of seeking wealth and ease.

This is where this word gets hard, so please listen carefully:

This DOESN’T mean that God will not give you wealth.

The Bible promises wealth to all who will obey God. I believe in godly, Biblical wealth and prosperity. I believe you and I should be dripping with billions of dollars, rand, yen, pesos, or whatever the currency is in your country; and I believe we should be funding the preaching of the Gospel over the whole earth as well as prospering ourselves. This is what the BIBLE says.

I also believe in grace that makes things easy.

I believe the Lord is our ever-present Help in trouble. I believe that His grace is sufficient for us, so His strength is made perfect in weakness. I believe that the manifest, tangible, holy flow of God is one sign you’re in God’s perfect will.

But FLOW does not equal EASE. And SEEKING wealth does not equal HAVING wealth.

They are all very different things. God promises help, but He doesn’t promise that anything will be easy. We have to WORK:

  • We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
  • We have to hide God’s Word in our heart, that we might not sin against Him.
  • We must press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  • We must labor to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we can prove what is God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will for us on the earth.

All of these things take work. They are all challenging. They are NOT too hard, but they aren’t easy either. They take effort, focus, and concentration. They require a sold-out spirit to God and total submission to Him and His Holy Spirit.

Also, God gives us wealth, but that doesn’t mean we are to seek it.

We are to SEEK GOD, and God alone. And Jesus promised in Matthew 6:33:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

When we seek first the Kingdom of God, God will teach us out of His Word how to handle money His way. And when we handle money His way, we will prosper. It’s that easy. Wealth comes to the people of God … but we SEEK His face, not His wealth. We seek to obey Him, even when He tells us to do business and make money (which He does, in His Word, if we will simply read His Word).

But our SEEK goes toward HIM. Our love goes toward Him. Our quest is for Him: to know Him … and, having known Him, to know Him more. Our one heart’s desire must be to find Him; and, having found Him, find Him more. To love Him; and, having loved Him, to love Him more.

Our heart is for Jesus, for our Father God, and for His precious Holy Spirit.

But the enemy wants to distract you and get you off-track. The enemy wants to draw you away from the Promised Land into the land of wealth and ease.

Right now, some of you are considering going back to Egypt.

Your “Egypt” may be a bad relationship. It may be a financial decision that would make things easier for you–you think. It may be an old job that God freed you from and didn’t call you to.

Whatever your “Egypt” is, you’ve allowed yourself to get distracted from your Promised Land because things have been SO. VERY. HARD.

I get it. I understand. And so does God. He knows the temptation is very real to go back to Egypt; to seek out the land where you won’t have to contend, won’t have to worship, won’t have to rouse yourself from a slumbering state; won’t have to fight and war anymore.

But if you go to Egypt, beloved, it will kill you.

You know what I’m talking about if Holy Spirit is bearing witness into your heart with this word right now. I don’t know your specific situation. But YOU know …

… and the Lord wants you to know:

If you’ll stay in the Promised Land where HE has brought you, He will build you up and not pull you down. He says, “I will plant you, and not pluck you up.” He wants you to know that you don’t have to be afraid of enemy invaders, because HE will grant you mercy so that EVEN YOUR ENEMIES will have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land.

But this is only available to you if you STAY in your Promised Land.

You know what the funny thing is about the Israelites and their Egypt-habit?

The funny thing is that Israel always prospered in their own land. They had wealth in Israel–great wealth. They just had to work for it. They had peace, but they just had to obey God to maintain it. And they had a holy flow, in which everything they touched prospered …

… as long as they followed and obeyed God.

It was when they took their eyes off God that their thoughts wandered to Egypt.

Only when they forsook God and rejected His discipline did the enemy invade their land. Only when they forsook God’s ways did trouble come. And only after they ate the fruit of their own disobedience did they decide to leave the land God had promised them.

What will you do today?

If you’re thinking about leaving your Promised Land and fleeing to Egypt, beware. Beware the land of wealth and ease! God has called you to the place where you are. He ALONE has made it possible for you to stay there. He has provided all of your needs as long as you have sought Him and obeyed Him.

Have you forsaken Him? Have you grown tired? Are you weary of the sound of the Holy Spirit’s voice, rousing you:

  • to worship;
  • to defend what is yours;
  • to dwell in unity with the brethren;
  • to confess God’s Word out loud;
  • to attend church; or
  • to know relevant information that pertains to YOUR LIFE?

Hmmm. Think about it.

If you have become weary with well-doing and are thinking about going back to Egypt, pray this prayer with me:

“Father God, in Jesus’ name, thank You for sending this word to me today to save my life. Father, I repent. I confess my sins of ___________ to You. Please forgive me of all my sins. Wash me clean in the blood of Jesus and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I confess Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord, and I yield my life to You, Jesus, anew and afresh today.

Holy Spirit, please convict me of my sin. Cleanse me with Your Word and truth, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me know joy and gladness again, and take away my old heart. Give me a new heart–Your heart–and chase me down in every way until I have fully submitted to Your Word, to Your highest and best will, in every way. 

And Father, as I submit to You and obey You and Your Word, I pray that You would bless me indeed; enlarge my territory; that Your hand would be with me; that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.

Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ holy and precious name I pray, amen.”

Have you been considering a move to Egypt? Is God’s Holy Spirit arresting your heart right now and speaking to you about the decision you have been considering? If so, leave a comment below! I love to hear from you, and I will pray for you!

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29 Comments

  1. Sanhawit Suzie AHMAD says:

    This is Funny lord . Well I’ll stay put in New Jersey and my job. I just have been praying
    about getting out of Jersey cuz I’m single and taxes are just ridiculous plus my job I’m greatful for but its paycheck to paycheck now . At times I literally have 10 dollars to my name but I say Lord I trust you will not forsake me . I guess hes trying teach me lots of things Patience which and being still because moment i get uncomfortable with people or places I want get away .I will humble myself lord but teach me that as well cuz I thought I was…I need to be thankful for my health and not focus that wealth is going to solve life . Who said being a Christian would be easy but trusting in the Lord is what I need to press into doing . Thank you Jaime …this is so my word & confirmation. I guess I’ll stay in New Jersey lord until you say Go.
    Thank you lord for paying my rent and Bill’s and feeding & clothing me . Just teach me to obey & abide in your word & hear you more Holy spirit .

  2. Thank-you,Jamie,Please pray for our family, we have been in a 2 year overwhelming trial that we see no direction, an wonder when it will end.

  3. Just was thinking about leaving my job. Money is not the greatest here but I feel God saying wait and trust in me

  4. Confirmation word. I took a position at work that God said not to. The hours took me out of church on Sunday’s, my family without me many evenings, but I wanted-thought I needed better pay. Well, isn’t that what God would want for me and my family? after almost 6 months of down sales, anger from upper management, and pressure from corporate I resigned. Odd thing is I went from $180 hr selling metric to $58 hr after taking the better paid position. It didn’t make sense! What went wrong? Disobedience!
    Total change of heart now.. unfortunately we learn obedience through suffering- not all the time, but for the rebellious it’s a sure bet. God has taught me to follow his leading, remain unassuming, and listen to his guidance.
    My last day is the end of August. My career aspiration has alway’s been to work for myself. I’ve had it confirmed prophetically, friends, and family have told me through the years start your own business!
    I’m preparing my business plan right now! I’m afraid of the unknown’s-but totally in faith. I’m trusting Father to lead me, and I’ve prayed and worshipped more this week than I have since taking the better paying position.

    This word is accurate my brothers, and sisters. Please obey God! he will strengthen us in every battle! He will help us! He is our shield and buckler!
    Blessed is the nation of people who’s God is the Lord ❤️

    Thanks you Jamie, for the courage to speak truth even when it’s not popular.
    Our God bless, strengthen, and comfort you.

    Sister in Christ,
    Tanya.

  5. I hear you Lord and I choose obedience over ease. We struggle in our finances too so I claim your word over our finances but first you know my struggle is always finding the easy way out of everything. This isn’t about me. It’s about you. I trust you in every area of my life. My marriage, my children, my job situation, everything. It’s all yours. Please take it and do with it what you want. I know only then will our family be blessed. In Jesus name, Amen. …Jamie, thank you for opening your ears and heart to God’s live and His word. Through this ministry I’m finding hope and peace where I never expected it. All my love in Christ

  6. Hi Jamie, thank you for this encouraging word. When I saw the title of this post; I knew that the it was a timely word and that it was going to be a hard word to read. The Lord has truly sustained me. For years I have followed after God and he has given me enough of what I have needed. I have become restless though because I want to be able to pay off debt, so I really desire to return back to a 9 to 5 job. I truly wrestle with God about this. I feel strongly that he is calling me into entrepreneurship and see how he has ordered my steps. This means I have to trust God on another level. I am asking if you would please pray for me. I am asking that the Lord would show me the areas that I need to be obedient, that I would have the boldness and discipline to accomplish all that he has called me to do. I am also praying for discernment, wisdom, focus and wise council in this hour as well. My desire is to please God. I don’t want fear to cause me to run back to the familiar. Thank you and God bless!

  7. Lord!!!!The Holy Spirit inspired a prayer for FLOW in my heart this morning. I wondered what the psychology of flow had to do with my issues. I just received a brand new agenda for research when I am already in my 50s. I started feeling the pressure of time lost in career. I convinced myself that the Lord was preparing me for a move back to work in the USA. I needed to escape to rest and new beginning…..anywhere else.
    Glory be to God forever. Jamie, thank you for this word from the Lord. I will print this message and hang it up.

  8. Linda Davies says:

    I was just looking to move house , this so spoke to me .
    Thank you

  9. Thank you Lord Jesus for using your faithful servant Jamie once again to pull me back in line with the rest of the flock before I wandered off too far and got myself killed! I put my business in Your hands and I trust that You are able to make it all that You intend for it to be!

  10. Thank you….as usual you are so attuned to what I am going through and yes I have grown weary and was gonna ‘go down to Egypt’ so to say and questioning this decision….I will stay put and contend …..Thank you God that though I try to figure things out on my own, only you know what is best….’not by my might, nor by my power, but by your Spirit’….

  11. My marriage is in trouble and I’ve been considering leaving, I have Lymes and I’m stressed out at my teaching job. And I live paycheck to paycheck. Yes, this word speaks to me. Thank you, Jamie.

    1. Please, don’t give up on your marriage. God is able- I’ve been married 20 years, one thing I know is that the enemy loves to apply pressure, and stress at your most vulnerable moments. The Lord is for you, and your family, stand in faith! Don’t give up and keep praying.
      This too shall pass.

  12. AMEN MY HEART IS UNDER HOLY GHOST ARREST. THANK YOU

  13. Amen, thank you Holy Spirit. Pray for me, I have lots of job mishaps. Amen

  14. Vihelieii says:

    Hi Jamie thank you for the Words of God, indeed I too wanted to go back to Eygpt so badly as I wanted to have things at ease but by God’s Words through you which deeply awaken me that God will do miracles happen which I longed so much in my heart when I stay on the Promised Land and rest in Him, pray for me that God grant me the desire of my heart, thank you.

  15. This was so timely in my life that it’s almost creepy. We felt called to a certain area where we have settled and cannot seem to find jobs other than minimum wage, even though we both have skilled labor that should pay easily twice to four times what we’re making.
    Yesterday I was walking around a more wealthy area and fantasizing about how much easier life would be if we moved and doubled or even quadrupled our income. Then I sat down on a park bench and saw this e-mail.
    I’ve been reading through Exodus lately and every time I pray about moving back I hear God telling me how the Israelite wanted to go back to their onions and leeks. Thank you.

  16. Jacqualine says:

    Thank you Jamie Gos word today really came right on time I’ve been in an abusive relationship for many years now when I see my own son hit his motherclikexhis father does I have to question why am I still here

  17. Lady Bell says:

    This message was definitely a confirmation. The Holy Spirit moved me from corporate America with a guaranteed paycheck with bonuses on the 10th and 25th of every month to entrepreneurship. It has been a tough transition financially and I was just questioning whether I should go back into the workforce. But I can hear the Holy Spirit saying “Be still, just trust me”. My God, Thank You for the word”.

  18. This word came right on time! I got too complacent in several areas of my life and now GOD is calling me out of those area. This transition has not been easy, but necessary

  19. Blessings to you Jaime

    This word spoke to me. 17 yrs ago, I heard the Lord tell me to sell my home in Texas. I did and moved to Georgia. Now my friends in Tx have six figure incomes and mines is 1/2 of that. Lately, I have been looking back wondering if I had stayed where my income would be.
    I have repented to the Father and heeding the warning of wanting to go backwards.
    Thank you for being obedient and giving us the word from the Lord.
    PDaniels

  20. Well… Jamie I’ve been stressing about money or lack of it …A
    few months ago, I left a well-paid job that was extremely stressful long hours and weekends. No time to worship or energy to defend my spiritual life and integrity. I had no time for church and was always exhausted and the ethos of the place was contemptuous of God.

    I didn’t realise it at the time but I now believe kit was a distraction of the enemy. I feel or think God has been prompting me to set up my own business, which I’m in the process of doing. But I know it’ going to take time to take off, and I’m overwhelmed by it. Yet God is providing I have enough to survive… and He’s been with me at every stage. I think he wants me to wait on him but when I can’t hear his voice I default to thinking I have to be the one to fix this…but of course I can’t.
    Last night I started looking for paid full-time employment…. Looking to go back to Egypt…I guess, but I’m seriously rethinking that now … thanks Jamie x

  21. Dandy Godwin says:

    Living in a First World country is hard every part of me wanted to go back to Africa where everything is easier for me. Wherever I had to go I could just walk especially to church but not here the distance is something else. I had a very good job and I am struggling to get one at the moment.

    To be honest with you I didn’t read all of this article, the title was enough for me to realise I am to remain until the next season of my life.

    Thank you! Zikomo!

  22. Bless you. Powerful message! Yes we have to listen to God before doing anything. I shouldn’t ever think of going back to anything that has let me down even though, I think it is good for me. My Abba knows what is best for me.

  23. Hi Jamie, some weeks ago I thought I heard God say “Go back to Egypt” …. a work environment and position I lost 4 years ago. I sent my cv to a former colleague who called to find out if I would be interested in coming back and I said yes, but haven’t heard from him since.
    The thing is since losing my job life has been hard… I have become financially handicapped depending solely on my husband for everything and this has put a strain on my marriage, I have battled depression and become an increasingly angry woman. I can’t relate the woman I am now with the dreams had and future I saw for my life. To make matters worse, my prayer life is almost nonexistent. I feel lost and alone.
    In all this though I cannot deny the mercies and favour of God as I have seen God send me help and provision from unlikely and sometimes unexpected channels. Do you know 3 months ago, I turned down a very good job offer that would have required long work hours which would mean time away from my kids and church, but now I think I may have taken the wrong decision.
    I stumbled on your page about a month ago. And signed up for your emails just last week. Now to see this mail… I am confused.
    Please pray for me!

    1. Hey Pat, it sounds like you’ve got a lot of different decisions ahead of you. I would encourage you to go with Colossians 3:15:

      “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]” (AMPC).

      The thing you have peace about is the thing from God. The thing you don’t have peace about is not from God. It’s as simple as that!
      I prayed for you just now. Welcome to our community!
      Love,
      Jamie

  24. Luce Vatel says:

    Hi Jamie! It’s so funny I’ve been thinking about a lot of stuff lately that would not be pleasant to God. Yes the words of God are talking to me. Please keep in your prayers I am going through a lot of ordeal. Thank you in advance for your prayers🙏🏽!!!

  25. Hi Sis,
    I praise God for your obedience! This word is so timely. I’ve been weary living in MI away from family and friends and encountering some unfortunate circumstances, and felt that I was stuck.

    Thank you for the loving reminder that it’s only temporary and this too shall past, and going back to egypt is not worth being out of God’s will.

  26. This is a timely word to obey God even when it’s painful or uncomfortable in this season. Thank You Jamie. I will obey Him.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Jamie,

    Thank you for the word, and may God bless you abundantly for always sharing and giving out yourself to us.
    Yes, when things seems as if they are not working the first thought is flight, and will always tend to forget to lean and seek Him most at those times when we truly need Him. But our God is good and Faithful and am trusting Him. Sometime back I really wanted to take flight and quit my Job as I felt so overwhelmed and unappreciated but He spoke to me and said, “You are here to learn” my prayer is that I am on the right truck, I have been inquiring to know have I been learning what He needs me to and not seeking my own. I am believing Him for greater things in my life but most importantly is to grow my relationship with Him.

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