Being born into oppression on a level we do not understand, yields an inability to see and hear what true freedom sounds like, looks like. Israel spent 450 years under Egyptian oppression, generations were born into oppression, it was all they knew. Most don’t realize it, but we too have been born in captivity, yes to sin, but also to ruling forces that we do not have the names for. Just like Israel we have been in this captivity longer than any of us truly know, so the sound of real freedom is foreign to us, not because we don’t desire it, but because we don’t recognize it.
This is why God give us the gift of memory. When we remember how many times God has come into our captivity as the nations with healing, revival, dreams, even in the Word of God, when we remember, it gives us hope that God is working on our behalf as humanity. When we remember Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection, we have an anchor to attach to that just like with Israel our oppressors will be dealt with, our captivity will end.
Psalm 77 says, “I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph.”
Exercise the gift of remembering it will restore your hope, revive your joy and rekindle your desire for freedom. God is still in the business of dealing with oppressors and setting all the captives free. For it is for freedom that you have been set free!