Day 31

But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”  Exodus 4:13 NIV

There is a recurring theme that comes from Moses in these three chapters.

Did you notice it?

There is no end to the excuses that Moses has for not doing the things that God asks him to do. I know that when I read it I can’t help but get frustrated with Moses.

I want to yell at the pages, “Suck it up. You are Moses! Get on with it!”

It is in that moment that I wonder if that is not how God thinks of me sometimes.

How often have I made excuses.  How often have I said, “Send someone else.”

As the guilt sets in, I am comforted as I remember that God was patient with Moses.

I pray God will continue to be patient with me.

Until then … today … Send Me.

Today, I am ready.

We’ll talk again tomorrow …

Day 30

Day 30 Reading – Exodus Chapters 1-3

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor.  Exodus 1:8-11

A cowboy riding on the frontier plains comes across an Indian lying flat with his ear to the ground. The Indian looked up at the cowboy and said, “Wagon; four horses; two passengers; woman wearing calico gown; heavy man driving; thirty minutes away.”

The cowboy’s jaw dropped in amazement and said, “That is amazing! You can tell all of that just by putting your ear to the ground?”

The Indian replied, “No. They ran over me a half hour ago!”

The Israelites in Egypt could relate. They must have felt run over at his point in the story.

Perhaps you can relate as well …

Feeling run over by life, by finances, by health issues, by family?

Then I have some good news.

The God who reveals Himself as the great I AM in this story … still comes into our midst.

God still comes into our broken and desperate lives.

God still comes not to judge, but to rescue … not to condemn, but to save.

This story of rescue and promise is the forerunner to the Greatest Story ever told.

You may have been run over, but be encouraged your salvation is coming!

Keep reading …

Day 31 Reading – Exodus Chapters 4-6

 

Day 29

Day 29 Reading – Genesis Chapters 48-50

But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.  Genesis 48:14 NIV

Here we go again . . .

Does any of this sound familiar?

This is not the folly of one who can’t see.  This blessing is not stolen.

This is a deliberate action to pass the blessing on to the younger.

Now do you see the familiar?

The patience of God to continue to pursue a people so entrenched in doing it their own way in opposition to God’s plan is amazing.

Audaciously we think to ourselves that we would never actually repeat the same mistakes over and over … Would we?

It has been said, When we do not learn the lessons of history, the lessons we repeat come with greater consequences.

What has God already taught you that you stubbornly refuse to learn?

We are not doomed to repeat our mistakes … unless we refuse to learn the lessons.

 

Day 30 Reading – Exodus Chapters 1-3