Thursday, February 9, 2012

He Brought Us Out...That He Might Bring Us In

Deuteronomy 6:23 is rich with blessing for those who are seeking God's guidance and reassurance.

As God prepared Israel through hardships and trials for their "exodus" and eventual conquest of the land of promise, so He also prepares each of His children for His purpose for them before He brings them out and sets their potential before them.  But just as that generation who was led out of Egypt failed of the grace of God, failed to believe His promises and submit to His revealed will, we may also rebel and lose out on our greatest potential for life and ministry.

In Deuteronomy, Moses addresses the new generation that is about to enter the Promised Land.  He assures them that God did not bring them out of bondage just to abandon them to their own resources.  "Then He brought us out from there that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers."

God does not bring us out of the bondage of our old sinful life just to leave us to our own resources.  As the Apostle Paul wrote: (I am) confident of this very thing, that He would has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."  (Philippians 1:6)  Likewise, David could confidently proclaim, "The LORD will perfect that which concerns
me . . . " (Psalm 138:8)

Nor does the Lord direct our circumstances for no reason, or leave us to "chance."  When He moves us from one place or situation to another, it is for our good and His glory.  In His sovereignty, He uses even our less-than-wise choices and other people's wicked acts to accomplish His purposes.  "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."  (Romans 8:28 NAS)

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