Deliverance stories – God uses them

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By Dave Henning / May 14, 2020

“It isn’t always easy to surrender our plans, but it’s incredible to see what unfolds when we have faith.  God uses our stories of deliverance and freedom to point to his mighty power.”- Meredith McDaniel

“But Moses pleaded to the LORD, ‘I am not very good with words.  I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me.  I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.’  Then the LORD asked Moses, ‘Who makes a person’s mouth?  Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see?  Is it not I, the LORD?”- Exodus 4:10-11 (NLT)

Section Three (“Mighty Hand: I am Seen”) of In Want + Plenty consists of Chapters 5 and 6.  In Chapter 5, Meredith begins with a story about her backyard chickens.  One morning she went out to the coop to gather eggs.  But, she saw no eggs to collect.  And the hens had vanished.  Peering around the corner of the coop, Meredith noticed the hens frantically huddled together.  As the author approached, she observed that the hens lacked nourishment.  Meredith had failed to provide their food.

As a result, Meredith shares two things she gleaned from her oversight.  Her hen’s plight reminded her of how God heard the groans and cries of His captive people.  Today the author talks about the first lesson learned.

1.  The hens came together in a group and waved me down as a mass of moving feathers.  Because the hens gathered together, they survived.  In order to make it, the hens needed each other.  Hence, when we find ourselves stuck in a cycle, we too need each other.  God created us for relationships.

In addition, the Israelites endured as a community while the daily grind provided their basic needs.  Deliverance soon arrived in the person of Moses.  He’d finally surrendered his soul to God.  Now God could demonstrate His power.

Today’s question: How has God used your deliverance stories to point to His mighty power?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “A higher and deeper calling from God”

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