May 8

You saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you traveled. Deuteronomy 1:31

 

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. I John 4:16

 

Moses reminds the Israelites of all the time that God helped them along the way from Egypt to the Promised Land. The times when He carried them, as food and water were provided, as Pharaoh’s army was stopped from following them. They should be happy about this, but being human there were lots of complaints along the way.  Of course, there was that 40 years of wandering making a short trip into a very long one, apparently in reaction to their disobedience.

 

Many times God has been portrayed as an angry God, one who seems to be waiting for us to make mistakes so He can wreak vengeance on us. There certainly are verses, and portions of the Bible that reinforce that opinion including portions of Deuteronomy. I am thankful that this is not the God we see portrayed when looking at the Bible as a whole. Instead we have the interesting image of God carrying us as a parent carries a child. A couple days ago, I saw lots of parents with children when downtown at Hennepin County medical centers Specialty Clinic building. Some small ones were walking along holding a parent’s hand; many were smaller and in strollers getting pushed to their destinations. As I was leaving, a woman entered carrying her child – who looked to be 4 or 5 years old – over her shoulder as he was sound asleep.  That reminded me of this verse where God carries us whether we are paying attention, or not, and sometimes when we just sleep through it and don’t notice.

 

John tells us that as believers we know that God loves us; we can rely on this love. The rest of verse 16 adds: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”  This love was there for us before we were born, as it was there for Moses and the people of that day, through history to us and beyond. We cannot escape the wonderful all-encompassing love and care of God.

 

Loving Father, you carry us when we can’t carry ourselves. Your presence enfolds and comforts us. We thank you for your loving embrace as we feel your arms around us. Even when we fear that we have lost you, there you are, forgiving our faithlessness and leading the way. Help us to care for and lift up others today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Chris Gabel