In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:13, NIV*
This is part of the Israelites’ song after God brought them through the Red Sea on dry land and let the sea flow back to drown the enemies on their trail.
God rescued the people, and the word “redeemed” here reminds me that His work with Israel in the Old Testament was often a prophetic picture of His work to rescue and redeem us all through Jesus.
Today’s verse declares that the God who has shown Himself mighty to save is able to lead His people into the land He has promised. They didn’t make it easy for Him, and He had to keep reminding them to obey Him.
He led them out, but because of disobedience, that generation lost the chance to be led in to the Promised Land.
Believers in Christ face the same danger. He’s rescued us from bondage to sin’s destructive ways. Let’s not drop our guards now and get stuck in the wasteland, or what Mark Buchanan calls the “borderlands” in his book, Your God is Too Safe.
We need to trust and honour Jesus as Lord as well as Saviour. All the way into the deepening relationship He that promises, and that we won’t fully experience in this life. But let’s get further up and further in, as much as we can.
Our God and Shepherd, Strong Deliverer and Redeemer, thank You for saving us and promising us abundant life. Help us rely on Your unfailing love and live in trusting obedience to Your guidance.
Our song is Carolyn Arends’ “Go With God.”
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
I like your analogy of coming ‘out’ but not making it ‘in.’ Sometimes I wonder what God’s problem is–not considering it might just be me!
Have heard good things about that book – Your God is Too Safe. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the admonition this morning. 🙂
I love Mark Buchanan’s books. So far my favourite was The Rest of God, and his latest is in my to-read-soon pile.
Such a good reminder for the start of this good day. “Further up and further in!: Amen, amen! Thank you Janet.
Did you recognize the quote, Belinda? I may not have gotten it quite right.
I did recognize the quote–C.S. Lewis, I think. It sounds right to me!
C.S. Lewis indeed, in The Last Battle.