Freedom to Choose

fork in road

“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt,
and how I carried you on eagles’ wings
and brought you to myself.”

(Exodus 19:4)

Reflection:
God, through the exercise of His almighty power, broke the hold that Pharaoh had over the Israelites. He brought them in triumph out of Egypt and opened the waters of the sea to enable them to escape from the pursuing army. He then closed it again with devastating effect. It gave rise to Moses glorious victory song,

“The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him”
(Exodus 15:2)

Through His great power God fed and looked after the nation through the forty years of their desert wanderings. He brought them back to the Promised Land and enabled them to enter and take possession of it. In the years that followed He was always involved with them, even when He sent them off into exile. True to His promises He always brought them back again. Eventually He fulfilled His greatest commitment to them in the coming of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
This history of God’s relationship with His people is one of total commitment and faithfulness, supported by unequalled power and majesty. No situation is beyond His love and His ability to bring relief.

Nothing has changed as far as God is concerned. He is still able to lead us out of any bondage, whether individual or corporate. However, as with the Israelites, we are the ones who are weak in faith and commitment. When set free from something we often wish to return to it. When confronted with a need or passion of the moment we are liable, like Esau, to thoughtlessly surrender everything for ‘a mess of potage.’ And a mess is what we get.

When God does set us free from anything His great purpose and desire is to ‘bring you to Myself.’ However, as with the Israelites as Sinai, He always gives us a choice. We can go our own way or we can unite ourselves with Him. History is full of nations and people who chose the first option.

Response:
Lift your needs to the God who listens. He cares for you.

Prayer:

Lord You are indeed my strength and my song, and you are my salvation. Help me to draw always closer to You so that You might draw closer to me. Amen.

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