What is it to be a saint? What is it to live a life of holiness? While I know that this will be a question I strive to answer for the rest of my life on earth, I know that through the struggles and trials of this life, God will grant me persistence and perseverance to walk with his Son home.
For me, much of being a saint and living a life of holiness is having confidence in God’s promise to us. We cannot work without the Lord working through us. We cannot breathe without the Lord breathing into us and we cannot live unless the Lord gives life to us, in the gift of his passion, death and resurrection.
Now, I know this, or at least I think I do. I’m trying to have complete confidence in God’s Word and know in my heart that it is truth.
What is this confidence? I think for me it begins with a declaration: I am with you Jesus! He is our King and what a trustworthy, faithful and good King we have! It may seem crazy but much like a knight would throw down his sword and declare himself for one king or another, we must throw down our lives and declare our entire being in service of Christ the King. The Lord is a warrior and He will fight for you to the end, He has already given His life for you!! We get the easy decision of choosing the winner, could it get any better than that?
When Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt and reaches the Red Sea, a natural dead end, what does he do? He trusts in God and has confidence in His plan. “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplished for you today….The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.” (Ex 14:13-14). I think we all know what happens next. God tells Moses to raise his staff and divide the sea that they may pass through to a safer shore.
God provides. Moses trusts in God and turns to Him and God provides; He protects the Israelites and brings them to safety. Moses faced a large body of water with no way over or around with hundreds of escaped slaves and Pharaoh’s army closing in behind them; a pretty desperate situation if you ask me. But he turns to God, confident in His love and will.
Am I this confident? Do I stand before a dead end, with no idea what to do next and have confidence that God will create a path to lead me to freedom? Or do I tend to doubt and question why God put me there in the first place?
In fear and frustration and in the face of certain death, the Israelites questioned Moses, “What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt….it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness” (Ex 14:11-12). The Israelites doubted. They doubted Moses and they doubted God. It would’ve been better to stay in slavery than trust in God to bring them to freedom. How sad is that? But God gives them freedom and life. He is faithful to us even if we are not faithful to Him. How great is our God!
I have this image of a little girl leaping into her father’s arms and being spun around and around and around. Leap into God’s arms and do not fear, for He has you close to His heart. He has made you for His own! Be confident and know that He is God.
The Israelites rejoice in God’s victory: “In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed; you guided them by your strength to your holy abode” (Ex 15:13)
God’s steadfast love redeems and guides us! Thanks be to God!