Remembering God’s Deliverance
The Feast of Sukkot invites us to remember the Israelites journey in the wilderness and what God did for them. Leading to their release from captivity is a trail lined with miracles of deliverance. For instance, the plagues that God brought upon Egypt affected the whole nation except in the area of Goshen, where the Jewish people lived. The final plague – the angel of death – visited all Egypt but passed over every Jewish home with doorframes covered by the blood of the Passover lamb. After the Israelites left Egypt, they found themselves up against the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s armies closing in. All seemed hopeless, with no way of escape, but God intervened by parting the sea. The Israelites walked safely through a corridor of walled-up water with dry ground underfoot. God saved them.
“God is for us – a God of deliverance. Adonai my Lord has escapes from death.” ––Psalm 68:20
In addition to His salvation from physical death, God granted us the spiritual deliverance made possible through Yeshua (Jesus), who died to save us from the “second death” (Revelation 2:11) – that of eternal separation from God. From this dark nightmare, God has delivered everyone who places their faith in Jesus the Messiah (Romans 10:9, Colossians 1:13).
Today, take some time to remember back to instances when God delivered you from physical harm or even death. Maybe you narrowly escaped a traffic accident. Perhaps you would have been present amid a tragedy unless peculiar circumstances caused you to run late that day. How many instances of absentmindedness or exhaustion could have ended in mishap but didn’t? These are all instances of God’s grace toward you. Rejoice in His goodness. Thank Him for these gifts, and tuck them away to be remembered another day when you need uplifting.
“Deliverance belongs to Adonai. Let Your blessing be on Your people.” ––Psalm 3:9