The First Day—AgainHow does Jesus’ resurrection infuse you with fresh hope?
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“The Lord Our God”
By Lindsay Williams
Promise maker, promise keeper / You finish what You begin
Our provision through the desert / You see it through ‘til the end
When Moses led the Israelites out of slavery, he, nor those freed captives, had any idea what lay ahead of them. They didn’t know how long it would take to get to the Promise Land or the route they would travel to get there. They only knew something better was waiting for them at the end of the journey.
Can you identify? Perhaps you’ve been freed from an unfulfilling job, an unhealthy relationship or even an overwhelming addiction. You’re grateful to be free, but you’re scared to start over. The Israelites must have looked to the vast horizon and had these same thoughts. OK, God, You delivered us. Now what?
In our modern-day culture of instant gratification, we expect to be freed and then discover our happily-ever-after the following day. We fail to remember God values shaping our character above all else. He wants to give us the desires of our heart, but He wants to shape us into His likeness on the way there.
The good news is if God brings you out of something, He will be faithful to show you the next step. Even if we don’t know the full story and all the details in between, we must focus on where God is leading us. He promises to walk with us and never leave our side, even if His divine timetable is so different from our own.
In the midst of a season of waiting, God provided signs in the wilderness to keep the Israelites moving in the right direction. Exodus 13 says, “Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people” (Exodus 13:22, NIV).
God will do the same for us if we keep our eyes laser-focused on Him in the midst of waiting, in the confusion of unanswered prayers and in moments of His seeming unresponsiveness. Despite our dreams, hopes and visions of what our future may hold, only God truly knows; and His plans are always best.
In the silence, in the waiting / Still we can know You are good
All Your plans are for Your glory
We may not see the full canvas, but we can rest in the promise that the Master Artist is painting something beautiful, and He has no intention of not completing what He started. Paul reminds us that our God is a finisher: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
The Lord, our God, is faithful to keep His promises.