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Carried by Daddy

The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Moses to Israel, Deuteronomy 1:30-31


Forty long years of wandering in the desert were done; the nation of Israel camped just east of the Jordan River. Moses repeated the law to them, as he had done a generation before at Mt. Sinai. Forbidden to enter the Promised Land, he reminded them of God's statutes and guidelines -- and used this poignant picture of their formidable journey -- "the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way..." The Hebrew word "nasa" can be translated to lift, bear up, carry, or take; it was Moses' evaluation of four decades.


God used the word "nasa" at Mt. Sinai: The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself (Exodus 19:3-4). Both Isaiah (46:3-4, 63:9) and Hosea (11:3) used the same word picture of God's bearing or carrying His people.


We call history history because is it His. His unseen hand directs and guides the narrative of life on Earth. The Psalmist put it this way: The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations (33:10-11).


God's covenant people needed constant reminders that Abba had them in his hands, that they were ultimately safe on the shoulders of the Almighty One. So do we followers of Jesus Christ. We are not only the body of Christ, we are the "carried ones," the children of our loving Father who joyfully bears us, carries us, and ensures that our ultimate end is to co-reign with the Risen Christ. Life is war, pain is normal, and we face setbacks and obstacles constantly (I know I do). Remind yourself and those who matter most that we will emerge as co-conquerors with our Lord. Doing my best to enjoy the ride, clinging to Papa's hands...

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