Exodus 15:13 (NKJV)
You in your mercy have led forth the people whom you have redeemed.
Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we saw the movie Act of Valor, one scene stuck out in my mind…after the fact. When the goup of Navy Seals fought their wany into the prison where a CIA operative was held, they asked her some specific questions like, “What street did you grow up on? Who was your best friend in junior high? What color was your first car?” These were asked of her to determine whether or not she was who she claimed to be. We learned later that our son had to provide similar questions and answers when he went into Iraq as a Navy airman. That was a chilling and surprising discovery!
What we did not find surprising, however, was that when they explained who they were and why they were there, she followed the Navy Seals out of the prison, onto the helecopter, and to freedom. Redemption yields followership. Someone rescues you, you’re more inclined to follow them.
God has redeemed us. He rescued us from death and the devil. We follow him because he has redeemed us. At least we do as we remember what he has done. Redeemed we follow our redeemer.
There is yet, however, another aspect to God’s redemption and leading of us his people: We not only follow him, we look for him to come and bring us all the way home. The question we need to embrace today is whether we will follow God as he leads us daily. More than that, will we look for him in order that we may be led by him to our ultimate rescue and redemption?