My through-the-Bible reading this morning was Deuteronomy 5-7. These particular chapters have been highlighted aplenty. It is a rich section of Scripture. But this morning, it was a verse not heretofore highlighted that jumped out at me.
He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:23, NAS)
I stopped and pondered what I emphasized in the above quote: “He brought me out in order to bring me in.”
What “country” (where I was enslaved) did He bring me out of when He redeemed my soul? What “country” did He bring me into as I’ve walked with Him through the decades? When God redeems, He does not leave us where we were. He brings us into a new place. I could fill reams of paper with a list of those less than pleasing things He has removed from my life and even more reams with a list of those good things He has brought into my life.
To the Israelites, He said:
For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 7:6, NAS)
To those who follow Christ, He has said:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9–10, NAS)
He brought us out in order to bring us in. How wonderfully awesome is that truth?