Not a Strange God

Deuteronomy 32:11-12:  As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:  So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

What a beautiful image!  I can picture that mother eagle lovingly tending to her young, feeding them, preening them, guarding them, soaring with them on the high winds in a clear blue sky, leading them to a better, more fruitful place.  God lovingly led his people out of the wilderness, fed them, cared for them, kept them safe all those long years ago.  He helped them escape bondage and led them to a land promised to them full of bountiful good.  He was the one who led them, not a stranger or a strange god, no, but God himself.

God is still leading us today through the wilderness that is this crazy world.  He is watching over us like a protective mother eagle, guarding us against evil, feeding us His word, showing us how to grow in Him, helping us to soar and be successful.  It is no stranger or strange god, no, it is God himself.  He is the one in charge of everything, from the dew in the morning to the setting of the sun, from the birth of a child to the graceful exit from this world.  God doesn’t bring evil to His people.  Evil happens because the devil is warring against good at all times.  Rather, evil happens and if we but turn to God, He will bring us through it.

He is not a strange god.  He is not foreign to us.  He is familiar because whether we acknowledge it or not, He is always with us.  We may not be willing to recognize His presence, but He is there longing to help us.  He wants to be a part of our lives.  No other entity can love us like He, can plan a journey for us like He, can comfort us like He, can put into place like He.  The more we read, the more we pray, the more we look to Him for answers, the better able we are to recognize His handiwork and His presence in our lives.

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