The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. (Deuteronomy 1:31)
There is a rabbinic adage based on this passage that says, “A loving father carries his son when he is too young or too weak to make the journey.” That is the point that Moses was making — that Israel was much too weak, physically and spiritually, at the outset of their journey from bondage to freedom. In fact, this point is made by God Himself when He said, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4). Yet, the point is also made that God is our loving Father and will never leave us in a situation that has the potential to destroy us, unless He intends to bring us through.
That being said, we know full well that He will allow us go through difficulties which, at times, seem as if they are going to overwhelm us. Still, I am convinced that He will never allow such situations unless, in the end, it is in our best interests and advances His purpose in our life. It is important, then, when we find ourselves in such a scenario that we do not lose heart and give into fear. We must believe that He will carry us through the situation as the loving Father carries His son.
It seems appropriate to recall the words of the prophet Isaiah who, speaking of the failing strength of the young and strong says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Let’s face it: the waiting is the hardest part but, still, we have the assurance that when we remain faithful to believe that He is our loving Father — who would not reply to a request for bread with a stone — He will indeed renew our strength and carry us into our destiny.
Blessings and Shalom,