Email from Cana 90 – Day 35
What’s your Milk and Honey?
But the LORD said: I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them up from that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…
~ Exodus 3:7-8a
Have you ever eaten milk and honey? Or perhaps the more common combination Lassi? An Indian cultured milk (yoghurt) drink sweetened with honey; it’s something fantastic and wonderful. What is more important here than the milk and honey detail? For our purposes, EVERYTHING.
First: the Lord is saying he heard the affliction of his people and hears their cry. God is unchanging and ever present. Do you believe that the Lord hears your cry and sees your affliction? While it’s more than likely not slavery in ancient Egypt, we all have things we are afflicted with in our lives. What is important to hear right here is that the Lord sees and hears those things in your life.
Second: The Lord tells Moses he has come down to rescue his people… AND take them to the Land of their dreams. No, I’m not about to go into prosperity Gospel mode. The reality is that God wants to rescue you from your afflictions. He does hear your cries and he wants to deliver you. This is the central message of Sacred Scripture, God is pursuing you, your heart, and your family. This thought can pose many questions, I am sure the ancient Israelites were asking themselves as their children were being murdered and their brothers and sisters were dying in the clay pits… Why is God taking so long? Why isn’t he rescuing us the way we want to be rescued, the way we are praying and calling out to be saved? Where is he? All legitimate and profound questions that pierce the depths of the human heart and soul.
Today, as you reflect on this scripture (knowing the end of the story) reflect on your relationship with God and ask yourself if you truly trust and believe that he hears your cries and plans to rescue you.
Ask God for the grace in your prayer today to have faith and trust in his promises, especially in your darkest times.
Chris Tomlin has a song called Good Good Father. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to and even more difficult to pray with. Give it a listen this week and reflect on how your heart responds to this prayer of praise.