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!
The God Who Sends
God hears, God calls, and God sends.
In the “Great Commission” Jesus sent us to proclaim the Gospel unto all the nations of the world. This is a commandment, if it were not; it would be called the “Great Suggestion” or something similar.
God commands us to “go”, but before we can go, we must fill our hearts with pure love. If we love God, then we will obey Him in whatever “mission” he has designed for us. If we love God, we will also be imbued with His love for the lost souls of the world. Let’s face it; only God can turn an egocentric human being into a selfless soul, willing to sacrifice his “reputation”, in order to reach others with God’s message.
This commandment is also urgent. God told Moses “NOW go...”
In 2 Corinthians 6:2, Paul says “...now is the acceptable time.” The reason behind this urgency is the uncertainty of tomorrow. We live TODAY, and we must preach TODAY. Tomorrow may never come for us or for those that need to hear the Good News.
God is sending us today, right now. Do not reject this great privilege; do not be disobedient to his commandment. You can serve God regardless of your situation. Paul preached while in prison; Stephen preached while he was being stoned to death, and the early believers preached in spite of severe persecution. As you can see, we have no excuse. Moses tried to exclude himself from the ministry, but to no avail. If God sends you (and he does), he will give you all the tools you need to finish your mission.
Will we go?