I have the privilege of having two amazing granddaughters. Words cannot describe the emotions when each of them were placed in my arms for the very first time. Life, God’s vote that the world should continue.
As I looked at the first pictures of my precious brand new granddaughters I am struck with the fact that they entered into the world with nothing, that is nothing but loving parents and extended family. It did not take long for each of their parents to provide them with specially chosen clothing and shower them with love. My granddaughters had no worries or cares, all they needed to do was “cry out” and there were several people standing in line to meet their needs – especially their moms and dads. It was very evident that my children and their spouses had planned, prepared and were equipped as can be expected to be on call 24/7 to meet their daughter’s needs.
It was a great reminder of our relationship with our heavenly Father. When we cry out, God is ready to work on our behalf. Some people avoid the Old Testament but ever since my college O.T. History class, I have enjoyed my journeys through the Old Testament . I love gleaning truths that relate to the New Testament and to me today. I like what Howard Hendricks said,
“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament Revealed.”
All through the Old Testament God’s chosen people, Israel would go through a cycle of experiencing God, following God, forgetting God, finding that without God they were in bondage and finally crying out to God for deliverance. When they called out, God always sent a deliverer, sometimes disguised as a baby. (In the Old Testament it was Moses and in the New Testament it was Jesus.). With both Moses and Jesus, Satan tried to kill the miracle baby before he could grow up. But God had a plan that protected His deliverer.
Where in this cycle do you find yourself today? Experiencing God? Following God? Forgetting God? Or, finding that without God you are in bondage? Are you ready to cry out for deliverance? If you are at the point where you thought you could live life in your own strength and discovered that your way only leads to bondage, why don’t you call out to God TODAY? Get ready for your deliverer to show up. Pay attention, be alert and listen. The people of Israel did not recognize their deliverers. Baby Moses and Baby Jesus were not what they expected but they were what they needed. Cry out today, what are you waiting for?