The God who Delivers
“...and deliver you from slavery...”
Once upon a time, there was a little lamb that for whatever reason was separated from the rest of the flock. Lost and confused, she went to and fro looking and screaming (or bleating, I think it’s the correct term) for her family, but was unable to find them. Then, to make matters worse, she was surprised by the darkness of moonless night. Now she was lost, alone and afraid.
In the midst of her confusion, she did not notice the presence of a terrible enemy. When she heard the thunderous roar, it was too late. She had fallen into the paws of the lion.
The little lamb closed her eyes and bleated as loud as her small lungs allowed her. All of the sudden she heard a loud bang, and then... silence. When she opened her eyes again, she was in the arms of the smiling shepherd.
Our God is a God that delivers and saves. You and I were like the little lamb in the hands of our enemy, the devil. We were lost, in darkness and without hope; but Jesus, the Good Shepherd heard our desperate cry and came to our rescue. Thank you, Lord, for delivering me from the paws of the enemy and from the gates of hell. I deserved (and still deserve) to be utterly destroyed for my sin, but your grace has set me free.
This is what God did with Israel. He promised them deliverance and he delivered. After four hundred years of bondage in Egypt, Israel was liberated completely by the mighty hand of God.
This is the God in which you and I trust. How blessed we are!