And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him. Genesis 46:6
Many people are familiar with the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible. The reason Jacob went into Egypt with his family in Genesis 46:6 is because there was a famine in the land of Canaan. In that sense, going to Egypt was a blessing. Later however, by Exodus 1:11, we see that the Egyptians actually enslaved Jacob’s descendants, the Children of Israel. What was once a blessing became a curse. Think about it today; are you holding onto anything that once was a blessing but has now become hard to do, oppressive, or even a curse? Let us be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and not try to hold onto friendships, positions, or anything else for too long. After the Israelites left Egypt and journeyed through the wilderness, when the cloud that God gave to lead them moved then they moved (Exodus 40:36). Let us not hold onto anything that once was a blessing out of fear and be willing to move when God tells us to move.