Ralph's Daily Devotional - Wednesday, May 9

The great theme of Exodus is one of deliverance.  In Genesis, we see God as creator and sovereign over creation.  In Exodus we learn that sovereignty now extends over human history.

Nahum Sarma puts it well:  


A creator God who withdraws from His creation, leaving them entirely to their own devices is a functionless deity, an inactive being, remote and aloof from the world of men and women.  He represents no ideal, makes no demands, enjoins no obligations, provides no moral governance to the world, imposes no moral law.  Human strivings rest in no assurance other than unreality and futility, and the human race is bereft of ultimate destiny.

This idea, that God does not involve Himself in the world of human affairs, either because he cannot or will not act, is called Deism.  It is certainly an idea foreign to the Bible.  In Scripture we have a God who cares about what we do in His world and also works in such a way as to accomplish His will for the good of His people.

Many reject this.  They believe there must be some higher power making life worth the struggle, yet they desire total independence.  When tragedy or injustice strikes, they throw it back onto the indifference of fate or God's impotence to resolve their crisis. 

The God of Scripture, however, is neither indifferent nor impotent.  The promises offered to Abraham, that his descendants would bless all nations, stands or falls on His power and His goodness to act.  This God of Exodus has not left us.  He continually seeks to deliver us from evil (Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:11).  The ultimate deliverance He has secured is to deliver us from death itself as we await the coming of our Lord and the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).  He Himself is our Exodus!

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