Scripture: verse 12
For you shall not go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
for the Lord will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Observation: God is speaking of redeeming and freeing His people. I think this is a callback to Exodus, when they did depart in haste. In Exodus God’s people had to endure ever worse working conditions until Pharaoh finally had enough of a moment of weakness to let them go, and then they had to pack and leave quickly, in the narrow window before he changed his mind.
But God never quite repeats Himself, and our spiritual redemption does not work the way our physical redemption did. We are not refugees in God’s kingdom. We are sons and daughters, who came in because it is our right to do so. We did not time our escape for a moment of weakness; instead Yeshua freed us by His abundant strength. We walk tall.
Application: Relax. You’re much freer than you think you are.
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because your life has overcome death. I praise you because you have made sin and death irrelevant to who I am in you. Thank you for redeeming me. Help me to walk in my new identity. Amen.