Delivered into Dependence
Scripture: Exodus 13:1-15:27
The Israelites probably thought their worries were over when they left the yoke of slavery behind in Egypt, but their relief turned to remorse in the wilderness. God desired for their deliverance to lead the Israelites into a deeper relationship with Him—a relationship in which they completely depended on Him. The Lord longs for us to have the same. Moving from slavery (to sin, bad relationships, fear, etc.) to the wilderness is often the best way to learn dependence. This plan may not make sense; however, we don’t have to be anxious. Often, God's greatest power is displayed during the wilderness times of our lives.
God knew the Israelites’ hardened hearts would soften when they saw His power, protection, and provision. His ways are often mysterious, but always right and for our good. In our deliverance to dependence, we witness His power through these truths:
- The shortest route is not always the best way out
The Lord did not lead the Israelites along the shortest route out of Egypt. He knew that if they met opposition, they may turn back. Even though they witnessed God’s great power, the Israelites were still vulnerable to their frailty. God protected them from themselves and will do the same for us. Many times, a more difficult route of deliverance forces us to rely on God rather than turn back to the security of what we know.
- God will be our provision in the wilderness
God led the Israelites by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. He transformed bitter water into drinkable water right in front of their eyes. We can trust God to provide for all our needs.
- The enemy is persistent
Even though the Israelites’ oppressor had been defeated, Pharaoh came back for round two. Likewise, our enemy is not likely to easily give up. (14:4-7) He will reappear and try to seduce us back into slavery. God has a plan of deliverance if we will but turn our eyes on Him and walk in His ways.
Freedom is ours. True victory is found in a dependent and intimate relationship with God through His Son Jesus. We learn He is trustworthy, safe, and wise. And we see that being released from oppression is just the icing on the cake.
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