The Verbs Of God

In Exodus 3, God introduces himself to Moses.

Here’s what God says as part of the introduction, and I have put the verbs in bold:

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

What a remarkable list.

God sees, hears, shows concern, comes down, rescues, and brings up. Why is this God so active?

To deliver his people from captivity.

I believe the same is true today. He is still in the releasing business . . . whether the captivity is literal as with so many of our brother and sister Christians around the world or it is figurative as with so many of my friends mired in addiction.

God defines himself by verbs. And he is moving to deliver . . . even you, even today.