Thursday, February 07, 2013

She Reads Truth Devotional: God Redeems the Israelites, a People WhoWill Need a Continual Fresh Start

“Why, God? Why are you taking us here? We were better off before! Why can’t you just leave us alone?” [v. 11-12, my paraphrase]

The Israelites had to be weary. Can you imagine? Centuries of slavery. An entire history of bondage. In light of God’s dramatic rescue, the lament in verses 11-12 sounds ungrateful, even hateful. But I hear more in their voices. I hear fear. Fatigue. Confusion.

O, God, why? After all we’ve been through, why this?

Friends, is this not us?

Each of us lives in a specific brokenness today, a place from which we cannot fathom freedom. Eventually, we learn our way around the darkness. There are times it feels so familiar we’d just as soon stay as venture into freedom’s light.

Our weariness sighs, Lord. Can’t you leave good enough alone?

The Israelites were terrified. As my pastor points out, they hadn’t seen the movie. They didn’t know what was coming. And in the Moses moments of our own lives - when we are asked to believe what we cannot see, to walk in a way that seems beyond impossible - we don’t know either.

This is where Redemption’s work is done. Right here, in our fear and helplessness. Right here, among the broken and weary.

If Moses were in the middle of our impossible mess with us today, he might say something like this:

“Don’t be afraid. Stand up and look! The Lord, He will work out your rescue, you just watch. He will fight the battle for you, and he always wins. You don’t have to say a word.” [v. 13-14, my paraphrase]

The Israelites’ doubt and forgetfulness did not disqualify them from God’s redemption and promise. Neither did their past sin - even their future sin! - keep them from God’s rescue. God wrote the story. They had only to walk in it.

How is God redeeming you today? How has he paved the way for your fresh start? Let’s not sabotage our Moses moment by touting our goodness or cowering in darkness. Let us quiet our hearts and watch as God, full of grace, fights daily for our hearts. And wins.


  1. this is exactly what i needed to hear today, and so beautifully said. thank you so much for sharing this inspiration. it gives me hope.

    1. Tiffany, you are a a sweet blessing to my life without even knowing it. I am really thankful that words that speak truth into my life , do the same for others. I don't know what it is that you're going through but know that we serve a God of hope, who promises to give us a future. He doesn't lie or brake His promises and the desert times He allows us to go through are meant to bring us closer into a more intimate and real relationship with him. :)

    2. This is so true - a lesson I am learning now, in the midst of hard times. I am learning to rest on His promises as you said, and I know that God will prove faithful. I found your website at a very difficult moment, and I want you to know that your words and testimony have encouraged me so much! Thank you!

    3. You know, something? I was at a very very difficult moment in my life when I started this blog and started sharing my story with others. God has a way of redeeming every tear we cry and giving us "beauty for ashes". If you ever wanna talk, know I'm here.

    4. amen! and thank you - i would love to connect. how can i contact you? i looked for an email but didn't find one.

    5. I've added my contact info on my about me section at the bottom - I look forward to connecting with you in the very near future:)

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