“The Exiles Return”
Posted: Thursday, May 11
1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
Verse of the day:
“Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.” (Psalm 107: 2-3)
The psalmist starts out asking the question, “Has the Lord redeemed you?” If He has, then it is our responsibility to speak out—to live our lives is such a way that the answer to that question is an obvious YES!—telling others of the life changing miracles—salvation from things that would destroy us.
Of course the most important part of redemption is eternal salvation and a life of service to the Kingdom of God. Still, there is so much more to being redeemed. With it comes healing, provision, God walking with us daily, peace and knowledge, wisdom when we ask for it, and the list goes on.
But with such gifts comes the responsibility to reflect God’s goodness through us to others. In today’s culture that is accomplished in many ways—local outreaches, home missions, mission opportunities in our nation and world missions.
It’s through these vehicles, and prayer, we reach others and are able to see the exiles return home—return to God. They come “from the east and west, from the north and south”. They return from desert places—from wandering in hopelessness and despair. And when they have returned, they too can say with us—the redeemed, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6).