Daily Devotions

"And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped." Exodus 4:31 KJV

 

"And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped." Exodus 4:31 KJV

Neither for the first nor the last time, God was not happy with His people. He was angry with Moses and gave Moses a huge task, and Moses wasn't really happy either! But God gave him signs, and had him meet Aaron so Aaron could deliver the message God gave to Moses. (Read all of Chapter 4 to get all the details of what a really big and complicated job God gave Moses to do.)

Aaron was a more eloquent speaker than was Moses. He spoke to the gathered elders, told them God had understood their hardships and would help them, and he did the signs as instructed, and THEN the people believed, were repentant, and bowed before the Lord.

How many times have we said out loud or in our hearts, "Give me a sign, Lord?" How many times have we turned away from God and lost faith that He would help us? As Christians, we know in our heads that God is constant, He is with us in all things -- but there are times when it's really difficult to know this in our hearts, in the very core of our being. How blessed we are to know that our God does love us, and forgives us, and wants us to be with Him. How blessed we are to have people to guide and teach us, as Moses did. How blessed we are to have friends to help us and stand by us, as Aaron did for Moses. How blessed we are to believe.

Thank You, Gracious Lord, for overlooking our stubbornness, our times of not believing, and sticking with us as we live our daily lives. You created us and You know each one of us, and You know we are imperfect. Thank you for loving us even in our imperfections. Amen.

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Prayer Concern: Those who are not free to worship.

Additional Readings: Psalm 100 and Acts 7:35-43

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