If God is for us… (a meditation)

This is a part of our ongoing through the Bible series as a church.

In Romans 8:31, Paul declared the greatness of God’s love and concern for his people: If God is for us, who can be against us? In Exodus 2-14 we see this vividly played out as God empowered Moses to lead the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt. After living in the land for 400 years and suffering enslavement under a king “who did not know Joseph” (1:8), God fulfilled what he prophesied to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-16—to bring judgment upon the nation they served and lead them out with great possessions.

When God appeared to Moses and Moses asked his name, God said, “I am who I am” and “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:14-15). He is the God who is self-sufficient and above all others, and he is the God who keeps his promises.

Then when God sent Moses to Pharaoh to bring judgment and display power, God sent ten plagues, until Pharaoh said, “Go!” And then when Pharaoh mustered his troops and chased after Israel, God swallowed the armies in the heart of the sea after his people passed safely through.

There’s a reason why the Bible tells us repeatedly, “Don’t worry.” We are children of a big and mighty God who knows exactly what he is doing and works out his plan in the proper time. Sometimes we think if only God would show us a great sign—if only we could see water turn to blood or a sea part and fall. Pharaoh saw these things, and yet his heart still refused God; and the people of Israel were in the midst of these things, yet in almost a blink of an eye they begin to grumble and complain 15:23-24.

Yet, we must remember that no matter whether we grew up in church and a religious family or whether we were pulled drastically from the pits of sin, if we are followers of Jesus, we do have an exodus story of God’s mighty power. We were dead in sin; he made us alive by grace. We were enslaved and ensnared by our own deceptive desires; Jesus came as a personal declaration of let my people go.

The great, mighty, self-sustaining God gave himself to us and for us on the cross in a sea of judgment, the greatest redemption story ever, that we would be his treasured possession (19:5). Through Jesus, God is for us!

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