Sunday, February 26, 2012

Delivered, Answered, Proved!

 6I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
 7Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah. 

Delivered, Answered, Proved!

Rescued from the famine and brought safely to Egypt, under the care of Joseph, the nation of Israel thrived, so much so, that they became a threat to the rulers of Egypt who had long forgotten Joseph or the good that he had done for their country. Task masters were assigned and the Israelites were put to work gathering straw, making bricks, and laboring in the building projects assigned to them. In their distress they cried out to God. Would He hear them from a strange country that was not their own?

Of course we know the story. God raised up Moses from among them who eventually brought them out of the land of Egypt, and delivered them from the cruel hand of Pharaoh. Even in their forty years of wandering in the wilderness, God's faithful hand of protection was upon them. 

Truly, the history of Israel was a story of the continuation of God's care for His people. Again and again, He delivered, answered, proved! He delivered them from evil in answer to their prayers, and proved them by testing such as He did at the waters of Meribah, when Moses struck the rock and God caused water to pour out of it, as recorded in Exodus 17.

We serve this same God today! When we read these marvelous accounts from the pages of the Old Testament, we begin to know and understand this God we serve. Can we not see the same pattern in our own lives: delivered, answered, proved? 

How many times in our own lives have we been delivered by God in answer to our prayers? Again and again, He proves us through times of testing, and in doing so causes our faith in Him to grow stronger. The world offers many things, but none can satisfy, and all fade in comparison to the mighty God we serve who loves us, keeps us, and will eventually bring us to live with Him forever. In Him is light, joy, and peace, something unknown by this world which is filled with darkness, envy, and strife.

Take some time and read through the book of Genesis, and then remind yourself that this is the same God, who acts on behalf of His children in the same manner today. He, alone, is worthy of our love, honor, trust, and obedience.

God Bless You,
Linda


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