Day 5

The Lord Promises Freedom



Exodus 5:1-23, Exodus 6:1-27, Isaiah 6:4-5, Psalm 68:4-6

BY Kaitlin Wernet

Scripture Reading: Exodus 5:1-23, Exodus 6:1-27, Isaiah 6:4-5, Psalm 68:4-6

When I signed up for a half-marathon, I thought I was agreeing to the half with medals and snacks at the end. Unfortunately, the journey to the finish line was a little more than I bargained for.

The longest distance I ran when training for the race was 10 miles. I’d read about many types of training plans. Some encouraged running more than 13.1 miles to increase your confidence on race day, while others suggested running less and allowing the adrenaline to carry you through. Through a very close elimination process, I chose the latter because it involved less running.

My training prepared me for inclement weather, dehydration, hunger, and cramps. I mapped out where along the route I should slow down or speed up, and even curated a motivational playlist—complete with a special list of victory songs for the last mile. On the morning of the race, I suited up with every recommended accessory and piece of training advice, keeping my mind only on the task at hand. The first several miles went as planned, but as the day grew hotter, it felt like the finish line was running in the opposite direction. I’d lost count of the mile markers, but I knew I still had a long way to go. That is, until I locked eyes with an encouraging onlooker who said, “You’re almost there! It’s the last mile!”.

Except, it wasn’t. It was the beginning of the next-to-last mile, which is a detail that truly matters when your legs have already begun to turn to jelly.

It was God’s ultimate will for His people to be released from Pharaoh’s control. And yet, day by day, freedom must have seemed like it was crawling further and further away from the Israelites. Just when they thought their jobs couldn’t get any worse, they were forced to source their own supplies. Just when they thought their lives couldn’t get harder, they were afraid they’d have to rely on their own strength.

Moses’ words to God seem to echo the thoughts of all His people: “Ever since I went in to Pharaoh to speak in your name he has caused trouble for this people, and you haven’t rescued your people at all” (Exodus 5:23).

Do you still love us?

Do you still see us?

Are you still going to help us make it to the finish line?

Seeing a promise through to its fulfillment demands perseverance. God does not promise us the shortest route or even the most painless, but as Corrie ten Boom puts it, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

The distance may become longer. The steps may become more painful. The journey may become less predictable. But the same God who gives freedom also gives perseverance, purpose, and peace. His promise to Israel is His promise to us: I will take you as my people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7).

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111 thoughts on "The Lord Promises Freedom"

  1. Marli Neel says:

    Y’all… I find myself sitting here at band rehearsal in the sanctuary listening to the team sing a beautiful hymn… and I feel like the Israelites just wondering why He come yet to deliver us. We wait. We sing and we long for this day. Come Lord come.

  2. Erin Strickland says:

    Rest in his peace and know he is so good. Great read ❤️

  3. Danya Ho says:

    The distance may become longer. The steps may become more painful. The journey may become less predictable. But the same God who gives freedom also gives perseverance, purpose, and peace. His promise to Israel is His promise to us: “I will take you as my people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7).

  4. Lilly Dyer says:

    Does anyone know the “timeline” from when God spoke to Moses initial to when the Israelites were actually freed from Pharaoh?

  5. Mish Pope says:

    I love the tunnel analogy

  6. Lindsey Bailey says:

    I’ve been limping along in this marathon. The finish line, Jesus’ return, the ultimate destination. Yet, I forget about why I’m running in the first place. I focus on the pain. I focus on the music playing just in the distance. I focus on anything, but the goal. Jesus. Salvation. Heaven. I run alone instead of bringing others from the shadows along with me. I forget why I’m running. I just limp along. Endurance. Lord, give me endurance. I focus on the fleeting things in this world instead of the eternal truths that matter. Jesus. No matter the pain. No matter the discomfort. May your eternal be my goal. Salivation my prize. May I not settle on crossing that line alone, but help me to have a heart to share the gospel.

  7. Kathryn Kamin says:

    When I feel the warmth of the sunlight, a rainbow or just feel startled by the natural beauty of my surroundings and blessings, I feel God’s strength, presence and a reminder that He will provide me with the vitality and strength to fulfill His plan through me.

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