Out of the Old, Into the New

Deuteronomy 6:23
And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.

Along the way, the journey was difficult.  Along the way, there were struggles.  The nation of Israel faced many moments where they reached the end of themselves and had to trust God—the Red Sea, the lack of water, the need for food, enemies around them.  They journeyed far.  They walked a lot.  They received the commandments and were given this law to follow, these new things to consider.  In the midst of all of that, it might not always have been pleasant.  They couldn’t see the end, couldn’t imagine what waited for them when they finally reached their destination.

But God brought them out that He might bring them in.  He removed them from Egypt so He could give them something better—their own land, a blessed and flourishing land.  They were so resistant all along the way, but God was only trying to give them His best for them.  Isn’t that just like us, though?  We fight and grumble and resist and fear all along the way when God is only trying to bring us out from one place and lead us somewhere better.  He is only fulfilling His promises and giving us a precious gift.

If we could only see that ending in the midst of the journey, it might make it seem less difficult.  And maybe we can’t see it with our eyes, but we can have faith.  We have to have faith.  Because we have to know that God has something much better in mind.  He loves us too much to let us stay in Egypt when the promised land is what He wants for us.  And if we insist on staying in the old, He can’t take us to something better.

Surely we’ve experienced this in our own lives at some point.  When we first felt the tug of Jesus upon our hearts, we may have been reluctant to leave our lives of sin behind, but when we finally surrendered, we found He had something so much better for us.  We may have struggled through some trial in our life only to find that it was worth it to come out on the other side where God was leading us all along.  May we trust God in our lives and trust Him implicitly.  He has to bring us out of those old places to bring us somewhere brand-new and more amazing than we could have ever hoped.

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