With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 13:14)
Exodus isn’t just a book of miracles. It’s the story of hardship, rebellion, fear, and the God who saved His people. It’s a vivid account of freedom. This redemption of the Israelites spills over into our lives. The “burning bush” represents our encounter with our Holy God. Some choose to revere Him in that moment and others reject the drawing of the Spirit. Until we meet the Lord, we are held as slaves in the land of Egypt (darkness). Under the authority of “Pharaoh” (Satan) we strive to survive by physical strength and human wit.
Have you wondered what the Israelites thought of God? They faced great afflictions, opposition, and even death. Where was the God of their fathers? It appeared that He left them in captivity with no hope of escape. So let’s think of this from a different angle. What did God think of them? While He saw their struggles, He didn’t abandon them. Instead, He had a plan to rescue them. They didn’t know it or see it, but it didn’t make this truth less real. Although their faith was weak, God’s deliverance was powerful.
Have you ever wondered where God was in the middle of one of your desperate situations? We often live as though God is absent, when really, He is standing in our midst. Suffering stinks when we look at it from a human perspective. But from a biblical perspective, our suffering in the flesh is our conformity to Christ. When we suffer for Jesus, we learn to serve and sacrifice like Jesus. Humility of heart is born from the various trials we endure. Yes, the enemy of our soul is after us, but no, we don’t walk alone! The Lord tabernacles with us.
In our foolish wisdom, we think God will allow us to fix it, figure it out and find our own way. But we soon discover we’re enslaved, with no way out. But our failings don’t short-circuit God’s faithfulness. Whether someone is chained physically or spiritually, there’s an “exodus” waiting. No mountains, no seas, and no walls restrict the power of God. A broken Jesus was nailed to a rugged tree, yet He defeated death the cross of Calvary equals f-r-e-e-d-o-m. Whatever we need is found in the Savior. He who the Son sets free, is free indeed!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God Our Defender Will Fight Our Battles for Us on August 3rd, 2019 - Watch Sermon