Public Display of Affection

red sea

Chapters Read: Exodus 1:1 – 15:27

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” – Exodus 14:13-14

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13

Exodus is a book about God’s love in action. In a time in Egypt when Joseph was forgotten and the Israelites were forced into slavery, God showed His people that though man forgets, HE does not. He remembered the covenant He made with Abraham years ago in Genesis 15:13-14:

“Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.”

And true enough, through public displays of His power–through the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and even through the change that happened in the heart of Moses–the Lord was able to deliver His chosen people from the hand of the Egyptians.

Reading through all those wonderful and terrifying acts of God’s hand in Exodus made me envious of those that have witnessed them with their own eyes. How did it feel to be protected from one plague to another? How marvelous was it to watch the sea parting in front of you so you could walk on dry land? It must have been very comforting to know and see that there is Someone so powerful and mighty was on your side, fighting for your freedom and deliverance.

But then God impressed these words in my heart: Dear child, you don’t need to see a burning bush or a parting sea to prove that I care about you. I have been with you, all this time, constantly pursuing you, always reminding you of how much I love you. See, I died on the cross for you. I did it for your freedom. I did it for your deliverance. There’s no greater public display of affection than that. I love you and I have my eyes on you. Always.