“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians,
and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”
This statement holds a display of the power of God toward the Israelites, as well as His faithfulness to fulfill His promise and bring them out of Egyptian slavery. “How I bore you on eagles’ wings” highlights that it was God who saved them, and no other. This dependence on God for victory is reflected later, in a psalm recounting the conquering of the promised land to which God brought them: “for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them” (Psalm 44:3).
Our God delights in us, His people. And He will not fail to bear us up on eagles’ wings, faithful to fulfill His promises for those who look to and wait for Him.
There is another element within this statement in Exodus that draws my attention. This God does not have just any destination in mind; He bears us up to bring us to Himself. To the God of light and abundant life (1 John 1:5; John 10:10). He brings us to places where we experience Him in more depth and fullness. Not just rescued, set in a broad place, and then left on our own. He brings us to where He is, ever-present as we learn to abide in Him more fully.
Because knowing Him, and knowing Jesus our Savior – this is eternal life (John 17:3). It is in His continual presence that we find joy, and at His right hand, pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
Our God bears us up daily, always with this aim: to give us more of Him. Even in seasons when we struggle to see Him, he is working to bring us more fully into Himself.
He wants to show us who He is. To show those around us who He is. The living God. Great and mighty and faithful. So that we will find fullness of joy in life everlasting with the One who created us and fills our cup to overflowing (Psalm 23:5). So we will experience forever a steadfast love that is better than life (Psalm 63:3).
“Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation.”
“Even to your old age I am He,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.”
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”