“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” ~ Exodus 23:20
Here in Exodus we see another of the 7,487 promises of God that are in Scripture. The "angel" God sent ahead of us is our Savior, Jesus. He is bringing us to the place He promised to us. (See Philippians 1:6).
Exodus is one of the greatest accounts of an epic adventure ever recorded. What is so incredible is how God reveals Himself and His character to the nation of Israel in this book. We also see how often they don’t see the big picture. I can relate.
I became a disciple of Christ 47 years ago. But often, I haven’t seen the big picture. I have been able to look and sound like a “Christian”, but all along I was wandering through deserts of addiction, lust, out of control anger, and pride that destroyed relationships.
What follows in the next verses, is God’s promise to bring Israel to the promised land, by conquering the nations that inhabited that land, “Little by little I will drive them out before you . . .” (Ex. 23:30a). Looking back I have realized that if God would have delivered me from all my struggles at one time, I would have been robbed of the lessons that He has taught me along the way.
With these promises, God also gives a warning: “Do not let them (the enemies that need to be conquered) live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.” (v.33). My battles have always been caused by allowing these “enemies to live” in my heart and mind.
I still struggle, but “little by little” in all these battles God has continued to reveal Himself to me as my relationship with Him has grown deeper and richer.
Daily Battle Order:
As you allow God to speak to you through His Word in the coming weeks, challenge yourself to get to know your creator in a more profound way. Don’t let your “enemies live in your land”, instead trust God to conquer them for you. Be patient with the deliverance He will bring from the battles you are facing. And know that what He wants is for each of us to enjoy a deep and intimate relationship with Him.