Thoughts on the Way Home

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Lord is Gentle

Exodus 13:17

Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, "The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.

How careful is the Lord in watching over his people. He doesn't let anything that would prove too much for them confront them without in some way providing a way of escape. Many times (like in the verse above) he leads us around dangers by avoiding the conflict altogether. He is the sovereign planner and director of our lives, secretly guiding every detail in his good providence, deep in unfathomable mines.

All are required to go through the fiery trials of testing. But not all go through same trials, or even the same degree of trials. For some, that can handle it and be strengthened by it, the trials are severe, and like dreadful clouds. For others, God sees fit to hold off the same trials for a time, or perhaps indefinitely. God knows what is best.

But for all, God proves to be very gentle. What injustice have we found in God? God is the God of all grace and the God of all hope. Even Jesus had many things to say to the disciples that he withheld from them because, as he said to them, “... you cannot bear them now.”

God always watches out for our best interest, rejoicing to do us good. And he never slumbers nor sleeps.

Partaker of the human name, he knows the frailty of our frame.”

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take...”