Withness and witness – the WayMaker

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2022

“What the WayMaker is always making a way to is life with HimWhat our brokenness ultimately needs are withness and witness.  No way is wrong if it’s with Him and every is good if it’s in Him.”- Ann Voskamp (emphasis Ann’s)

And you [Moses] shall say to him, The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.”- Exodus 7:16 (ESV)

Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 11 of WayMaker as she stresses that abandonment represents our greatest fear.  Therefore, our greatest need is attachment.  Above all, Ann encourages, God enfolds our every breath.  And, in every Red Sea Road, God always comes all the way through for us, so He can be with us.

Furthermore, the author underscores, every real exodus only occurs when we enter right into Christ.  Most significantly, God doesn’t make a way for our own exoduses for us to go our own way.  Or have our own way.  Rather, God desires that we serve Him.  And, Ann notes, the Hebrew words for serve and worship, used throughout Exodus 7 are linguistically related: abad and avodah.  The words mean “keep in bondage, be bondsmen, bond-service.”

Thus, the WayMaker tells Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go so they’ll fuse to God.  Be bound to Him.  Hence, Ann emphasizes:

“God had freed them from bondage in Egypt to an all-consuming, all-encompassing bonding to Him.”

Consequently, the author sums up, every exodus:

  • out of bondage is for bonding
  • isn’t for an escape out of a situation but for attachment to a saving Savior
  • is for connection

In conclusion, Ann reminds us, when you’re bonding closer to Jesus, you know you’re walking on a Red Sea Road.  God leads us out so He can lead us in – into the home of Him.

Today’s question: How do Jesus’ withness and witness ultimately heal your brokenness?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Fundamental rule of all meditation”

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