In 1972 a movie came out about four business friends who escaped to the mountains for a weekend of rest and renewal only to stumble upon another dangerous world no one knew existed. The rest of the movie is about their escape and deliverance out of their worst nightmare! In many ways the men delivered themselves out of the horrible place they were in. After many of them went back home they never forgot the horrible place and even dreamed about it, extremely grateful to be delivered.
In our continued reading of Exodus we find that throughout the book the Israelites constantly forget that they were delivered and what they were delivered from. In chapter 32 we read about the story of Moses going up the mountain. In his absence the people form an idol and even begin to praise the golden calf for delivering them from slavery! Their deliverance story was all wrong. They forgot who actually delivered them. It was not themselves or another deity but rather the God of all creation.
This was their main offense in the story. They forgot that God was their deliverer.
We too might be tempted to forget as well. I know there have been times when I have believed that I have delivered myself from awful situations.
In this story we are reminded that God is the deliverer and an ever present help in our times of need!
This week let us each turn to God and give thanks for the ways God has delivered us and brought us to a place of peace and security!
As you pray this week meditate upon this hymn and give thanks to our great leader, who is our God!
- He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
- Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.
- Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
- And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
See you in worship this week!