“I have not called you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because I loved you and kept the oath I swore to your forefathers that I brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that I the Lord your God am God; I am the faithful God, keeping My covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:7-9
I realize these words were spoken by Moses to the children of Israel as they prepared to enter the land God calls His own and is giving to them in which to dwell. Yet, as I think about them, they also can “gently” be applied to us. The Lord and we know; there was nothing about us that would so endear us to God that He would set His affection upon us. The truth is He did and does. It is the passion of “The Father” to draw us to Himself. It is also His character to keep His Word, even when we break ours. We know He brought us out of slavery to the world, with all its allurements and seductions; to our flesh with all of its “balls and chains”; and the devil, with all his schemes and devices. He did this with a “mighty hand” else we would not have come and they would not have let go.
The question I ponder is, am I any different than the children of Israel? They heard these words from Moses, laid hold of them, and made them their own for a time. After a while they became comfortable with the faithfulness of God and began to enjoy the things of the people around them, which led to exchanging their commitment to God to the embracing of what was around them. The challenge always before me – and you, is to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Mt. 22:27-39) As I move farther and farther away from that moment of immense love for the Father because of what I know He has done for me, will I continue to press in to the will of the Father so I will be faithful? The answer is “Yes!”; but it is not without cost. The cost is choosing to allow Him to speak to me and for me to obey, to follow after Him in whatever He is doing; to continually yield my will to His and to rejoice. This takes both His presence and the “fellowship of the saints”. I need not only His personal relationship, but I need you to help me be “faithful”, to share in what He is doing and to rejoice with you as He manifests Himself to us in different ways. It is living in the present the reality of the life in “His Kingdom” moment by moment. He has set us free to share our freedom with those who have also been set free, but also to storm the prisons in which those around us are captives to give them the opportunity to experience what we already have received. Therefore, I need to “come to the waters” to be refreshed, cleansed and empowered by the power of the Holy Spirit, so I look more and more like my “Daddy”.