Read: Leviticus 26:1-13
I will walk among you . . . I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. (vv. 12-13 NIV)
Unless you grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa, the phrase “walking beans” might sound strange. It meant rising early, trudging through acres and acres of long rows of soybeans, sharpened hoes in hand, to chop out weeds. I was not a fast worker, partly because I was a daydreamer and enjoyed the solitude of walking several paces behind. My siblings say they often had to wait for me at the edge of the field.
The Israelites experienced much hard labor as slaves in Egypt. After delivering them from bondage, God reiterated his covenant with them, claiming them as his very own people. He promised that if they followed his decrees and were careful to obey his commands, he would provide for and prosper them (v. 3). He assured them of his presence and that he would enable them to walk “with heads held high” (v. 13 NIV).
God restored the Israelites’ dignity and worth. It didn’t matter where they came from or what they went through in Egypt. In slavery, they had walked a difficult path. Now they could choose to follow God. In turn, he promised prosperity, peace, and protection in their new land. Know that God will walk with you as well, regardless of what you’ve been through, helping you to hold your head high. —Denise Vredevoogd
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your promise to always walk with us. Give us confidence and dignity because we belong to you.