Note: Sip and Refresh on Friday’s will be paused until after Lent.
Day 3 – He Will Deliver
Romans 8:18-21 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Jesus is the great Redeemer.
From the beginning, God had a plan to restore all of His creation.
I was born into a broken family. I never knew my dad, my parents divorced before I was born. I grew up believing that my sister’s father was my father. Again my parents split up when I was 10 years old. I found my birth certificate when I was about 13 years old. That put me on a hunt to find out what was going on and who am I. I had intercepted a paternity test request that came in the mail. It was then that I realized my dad that I had grown up with was not mine. I was a broken girl full of fears and disbelief. I didn’t think I would ever come back from that pain. But God was chasing my heart.
Exodus 6:6 Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.
The Lord promised to bring the people of Isreal out of slavery. His promises, they are sure. He delivered me and saved me from my sin, fears, and pain. He changed the trajectory of my whole life. I was going nowhere fast but He put me on a new path. God is still in the business of delivering people. We look out into the world and see all the brokenness and pain. Just yesterday, in Florida, 17 teenagers were lost in a school shooting. I don’t get it. I can’t wrap my head and heart around why. What I do know is that even in the most horrific acts and the messy heart disasters in life, our God is at work chasing hearts and working all things for good for their deliverance and restoration. It is His promise.
Even in the most horrific acts and the messy heart disasters in life, our God is at work chasing hearts and working all things for good. – Tweet This!
We want it all fixed now but when we look at the story of Israel’s redemption it was a 400-year process. God has this 30,000-foot view of history that we will never have. It requires trust. Trust without the why questions even getting answered. He will deliver!
Lord, thank you that with my limited knowledge and understanding I do not have to figure it all out. I can trust You, the One who has created it all and has a plan for it all. I choose to trust You with it even when I don’t understand.
Do you look at the circumstances of your life and wonder what the heck is going on? Today, stop and recenter your fretful heart and remember that His ways are not your ways. He sees further than you can see. He knows what is ahead and promises to deliver. That is something to really rest in.
Thanks for Listening,
Lent is a beautiful time to center on Christ and allow Him to wake us up to what He is doing in our lives. Most the time we miss it because we are far too busy and we allow life to drift on by, missing the glory of Christ in and all around us.
Life is messy. We see the brokenness in our world. It is also in our relationship with God, with ourselves, with each other. But God wants to restore; He is making all things new.
I am reading a devotional Called Restore for Lent on my Youversion app. As I read. I am also writing my own thoughts on the verse they gave. Enjoy.
Sip and Refresh on Friday’s will be paused until after Lent.