“Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians” (Exodus 14:30).
What a mighty deliverance! They had come out of Egypt. Now, they were crossing the Red Sea.
We think of what God did for his people, Israel – and we give thanks to him. We think of what he has done for us – and we say, “Thank you, Lord.”
Jesus Christ has set us free – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
He has given us new life – “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
We look back to the exodus and the crossing of the Red Sea. We look at what the Lord has done for us. We say, “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
What happened after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea? What was life like for them? They were in the wilderness – and they had plenty of problems. Forty years later, they arrived in the promised land – and, still, they had plenty of problems. Life wasn’t easy for them, after they left Egypt – but God was with them!
Life isn’t easy for us. Our life is a mixture of good things and bad things. Again and again, we find our attention being drawn away from the Lord. We wonder if God has abandoned us. What does God have to say about this. He says something very wonderful – “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). When we hear his words of everlasting love, something wonderful happens – we find “grace in the wilderness” (Jeremiah 31:2). In our hearts, we know that God hasn’t given up on us – and he will not give up on us.
In our wilderness, God keeps on loving us – and he keeps on calling us to return to him. He says to us that he will be our God – and we will be his people (Jeremiah 31:1). He says to us that he’s leading us on to his eternal glory – “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
On our way towards God’s eternal glory, we go through many hard times, but we must not lose sight of this: God loves us – “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:5-6).
When our love for the Lord gets very weak, his love for us remains the same – everlasting love!
Everlasting love – How amazing is this!
Thank God that our salvation doesn’t depend on our love for him. It depends on his love for us. How encouraging is this!
Here, on earth, we experience many defeats – but this doesn’t change the final outcome: the Lord is King!
As we think of our great God and his great salvation, may each of join, with the Psalmist, in praising the God of our salvation: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation … I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation” (Psalm 118:14,21).