March 19: Out of the Wilderness

Read Exodus 2:1-24

They were there by order of the Sovereign God. The Lord of all, who’d brought His children to Egypt during the seven-year famine.

Joseph had been the first to arrive (via slave-traders and family scandal), followed years later by his brothers and father, who then settled there and had families. But that was 400 years ago, and the new Pharaoh had no rapport with Joseph. No reason to respect the growing family of Israel. In fact, this Pharaoh was afraid of them and the promise God had given to their father Abraham hundreds of years before.

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you”(Gen. 12:1).

So Pharaoh set out to stop the growing numbers by killing off the Israelites baby boys. 

But God had already purposed for their rescue. Having chosen a certain baby boy whose fate seemed hopeless, God would rescue His people whose hope seemed fateful.

His plan, years in the making, was coming into fruition. Even as the king of Egypt tightened his oppressive grip, God’s mighty hand gently shook his man Moses awake to the oppression and injustice.

Even in the desperation, Almighty God had a plan. Even in the desperation and the pain of His children, God saw. He heard. He knew.

Have you been there? Feeling like your fate was hopeless? Wondering if God could hear the groaning of your pain and desperation?

Life deals a hard blow, and it seems like He’s not doing anything about it. A job is lost, and you wonder if God even knows about it. A child gets sick, and it feels like your cries get stuck somewhere between the ceiling and the treetops.

Still, God hears. He sees. He knows.

Just like He did with the Israelites, God has worked a deliverance plan for you and me. Deliverance from this place where tears flow and hearts break and people hurt people and finances crumble.

His plan for the Israelites was called the Exodus from Egypt. His plan for us is called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In both cases, it real life is the goal. God’s deliverance holds the Good News about His plan for real freedom. His provision for real life through His Son Jesus Christ.

Stick with us for the next several weeks as we journey through the wilderness and into God’s deliverance for His people.


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