May 13
‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.’ Romans 8:14
Bible reading: Exodus 13:17-22 (Go to the Bible passage)
God had clearly spoken to Moses. ‘And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord’ (Exodus 6:8).
If the Israelites ever had doubted this, now - surely after the great miracles that had happened by the hand of Moses - they would do so no more. The terrible plagues that had been visited on Egypt because Pharaoh had hardened his heart, had shown God’s greatness and power to Israel.
No, it was true, God would lead them out of the land of slavery into a land flowing with milk and honey. In the night of the tenth plague, the people prepared themselves to depart for the Promised Land. They needed not to ask when they had to leave; they were simply driven out of Egypt by the Egyptians (Exodus 12:39). Nor did they need to ask where to go: to the promised Land! Ancient caravan routes would lead them ‘home’.
But God did not only free them from the slavery of Egypt, He also wanted to bring them to the Promised Land Himself.
What a blessing that the people of Israel allowed God to guide them. For the age-old caravan routes would never have taken them to the Promised Land. Indeed, they needed God’s guidance and forty years of trials and tribulations, before they could take over the land (Exodus 13:17).
How we also need to let go of all our assets, and - in genuine dependence on God - allow God to guide us along unknown paths, so that we too will finally enter the Promised Land.
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