Deliverance In the Desert

*Song lyrics throughout are from Open Hands, by Laura Story. Listen to this beautiful song here.
*The sweetest sound, the highest praise is the letting go of this life You gave. Our greatest prayer, our act of faith is an open hand. Lord, have your way. Take it all, every hope, every dream, every plan.
“I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” – Exodus 14:4b
May we surrender all of our plans, everything we thought we wanted, for the greater glory of God. In this way, our hopes, dreams, and plans will grow to match His.
*Take it all, every weight, all the shame and brokenness. Jesus, I surrender all, every victory and loss. Take it all, take it all ’til all I have is open hands. A clenching fist, a life of fear, a burden held has no place here.
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord… ‘It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'”- Exodus 14:10,12b
We may be afraid of our trials, but fear is not from God. Fear is one of the things that keeps us bound.
*‘Cause You call me now to cast it all on the shoulders of the One who’s strong.
“Moses answered the people, ‘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 need only to be still.'” – Exodus 14:13-14
God will deliver us from the things He knows we need to be delivered from, even if it isn’t the things we WANT to be delivered from. I want deliverance from my illness, but He is using my illness to deliver me from something far more oppressive – the sins that have kept me enslaved. His strong arms sustain me through the trials.
*Take it all, every hope, every dream, every plan. Take it all, every weight, all the shame and brokenness. Jesus, I surrender all every victory and loss.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” – Exodus 14:21-22
God shows His power by walking us right through our fears, not avoiding them. Sometimes He doesn’t rescue us from the things we fear most because He wants to build our faith through them.
*Take it all, take it all, ’til all I have is open hands.
“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen – the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.” – Exodus 14:27-28
If we open our hands in surrender, God will cover the things that enslave us – our sin, fears, pain, our past. He will cover those things so that they no longer rule our lives. He has already set us free. The work is already done. We just need to open our hands and accept that gift of freedom.
*I’m not afraid of what I’ll lose. My greatest joy is finding You.
“And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord for he is highly exalted. The horse and rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.'” – Exodus 14:31-15:2a
Even if we are still in the midst of our wandering, we will see God’s power here. We will praise Him for His victories and those who see those victories in our lives will know the Lord.
“You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the desert for a long time.” – Joshua 24:7b
You lived in the desert for a long time. The deliverance God brought to the Israelites was not deliverance from the desert, but from slavery. The sea and the desert were not the enemies. The Egyptians were the enemy. Maybe the deliverance God is bringing to us is not deliverance from our desert but from the things that enslave us. Our illnesses and our trials are not our enemies. The things that keep us enslaved are our enemies. It’s time for us to stretch out our hands.
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Author: Karina Baker

Hello, my dear friends! Glad to see you here. Thank you for reading about my beautiful rubble - my struggles with life, faith, and autoimmunity. Feel free to share your stories in the comments. My love and prayers to all of you!

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