I am the Lord who leads you
I am the Lord who leads you (Is. 48:17)
I love it when the Lord starts a conversation with the words, “I am the Lord who . . .” He said it to me the other day, when He came close and spelt out in detail just how sovereignly He had reached down when I was still a student and took me to new places, both physically and in terms of my understanding of Him.” To hear Him speak of His work in this way was a precious and reassuring experience. He is so deeply involved in the details of our lives!
“I am the Lord who . . .” What a phrase to take and ponder. “I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by Myself.” (Is. 44:24)
He ‘spreads out the earth by Himself.’ Can you imagine?! The continents are ever in motion on the great tectonic plates. As for the universe . . . And just as He leads His people on an individual basis, so He works too at national and international levels
“I am the Lord who brought Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir.” (Amos 9:7)
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.” (Lev. 26: 13)
Surely He is even now involved in the shaping and developing of the nations – even when this comes about as the result of great shaking.
“I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” (Is. 48:17)
“I am Adonai, the Lord who heals you. (the Lord your healer)” (Exod. 15:26)
Has He not promised: “I will make My dwelling among you . . . and walk among you and be your God . . .”? (Lev. 26:11-12)
I love that word ‘dwell’ too. It can also be translated ‘to tabernacle.’ Here is an Old Testament passage that looks forward to the day when people would walk with Jesus on Earth – and then beyond that again, to the glorious city of God, which John is privileged to glimpse at the end of Revelation. This is the place to which the great I AM is leading us.
There indeed we will find all that is most perfect from the tabernacle and the temple coexisting in the city where God and His people dwell together in perfect endless harmony and – knowing God as we do – no doubt in immense creativity too! There it is that all that He has seeded and grown in our lives will come to its complete fulfilment: with nothing stunted, short or missing. I love the very last words in the book of Ezekiel too, which speak of “Adonai Shammah – the Lord who is there” (in the city of God, Ezek. 48:15). Adonai Shammah: the Lord who is there.
Why not take time out this week to reflect on the ways by which the Lord has led, and is leading you? Start with that phrase, “I am the Lord who . . .” and see where He takes you.
Emmanuel. Yeshua. Thank You.