Daily Archives: January 19, 2022

Exodus 5:10-8:15

In one of the churches I served in we had a youth pastor who was quite the nerd. He was one of those guys that had a pocket protector for his pocket protector. You know the kind. If you don’t, perhaps your that one. Well, he got it in his head and said it was God’s will for him to date and eventually marry one of the women in our church. She was a registered nurse and was just the opposite of the youth pastor. I hate to say this, but the rest of the staff teased him mercilessly about it. None of us could never see her accepting an invitation to go out with him, let alone marry him. It did get to the point where we decided to let up a bit because it was getting a bit much. We all knew she would never go out on a date with him. Well to make a long story very short, today they have children and grandchildren. God was definitely in it and he was not deterred by our teasing.
Well today’s passage has stakes that are much higher; the deliverance of an entire nation. And yet the people that Moses and Aaron were representing and attempting to free we not very happy with them. Their presence and demands before Pharoah had caused him to bear down even harder on the Israelites. Read it here:
19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (Exodus 5:19-21 [ESV]).
Has that ever been your lot? Have you felt as if God were leading you one way and others were discouraging you from that path? It takes courage to swim against the current. It can be lonely and scary. But if God is in it there is no turning back. That was the case for Moses and Aaron and finally they saw the fruit of their labor. What’s God calling you to do today? Will you follow him even if others make fun of your journey?
Father God, give us courage to follow you through any kind of obstacle or hurdle. Even if we are alone it, please give your Holy Spirit sway in our lives. In the strong name of Jesus we pray, Amen!

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