This article originally appeared in the May 2007 issue of groundswell.

Imagine if your family were in captivity for 430 years.  Then imagine the day that the man of God spoke the word of God and that word was of your deliverance.

“I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage.  I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  Then i will take you for My peole, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God…I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the Lord.” –Exodus 6:6-9

God was not fooling around with His message to the people of Israel.  He cared for them as His children–He knew their pain and suffering and had a plan for their deliverance.  His were not promises from an unknown god.  This was the Lord, the God of their fathers.  This was the One true God with Whom they were in covenant.  No more chains.  No more taskmasters.  They would be free, and their captors would be judged.  If that weren’t enough, He promised provision and protection.  And still the God of overflowing offers them more: they get milk and honey too!

Imagine the jubilation among the people of Israel at hearing this word of deliverance!  The celebrations must have been deafening!  Finally, their deliverance was at hand.  The people with nothing would have everything.

“So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.” –Exodus 6:9

What?!?  No hallelujahs?  no fattened calf and worship of their Redeemer?  Instead of basking in the promises of their Deliverer, they wallowed in their own despairing interpretation of the situation.  The people’s own feelings got in the way of the word of God.  And because of it, they missed the blessed anticipation of what God could, and would, do.

We can be the same way.  We worry and fret.  We drag the past with us, succumb to the turmoil in the present, and worry about the future.  The enemy seeks to keep you focused on your feelings.  Cling instead to the promises of your Deliverer.  Believe His word.  Hope for that which you cannot see.  And trust implicitly His promise:

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope…you will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:11, 13

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