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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 12, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Moses’ reluctance and fear were caused by over anticipation. He was worried about how the people might respond to him. We often build up events in our minds and then panic over what might go wrong. God does not ask us to go where he has not provided the means to help. Go where he leads, trusting him to supply courage, confidence, and resources at the right moment. (NLT)
Exodus 4:1-13 – But Moses protested again, “Look, they won’t believe me! They won’t do what I tell them. They’ll just say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you.’”
Then the Lord asked him, “What do you have there in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.
“Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw it down, and it became a snake! Moses was terrified, so he turned and ran away.
Then the Lord told him, “Take hold of its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it became a shepherd’s staff again.
“Perform this sign, and they will believe you,” the Lord told him. “Then they will realize that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Put your hand inside your robe.” Moses did so, and when he took it out again, his hand was white as snow with leprosy. “Now put your hand back into your robe again,” the Lord said. Moses did, and when he took it out this time, it was as healthy as the rest of his body.
“If they do not believe the first miraculous sign, they will believe the second,” the Lord said. “And if they do not believe you even after these two signs, then take some water from the Nile River and pour it out on the dry ground. When you do, it will turn into blood.”
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.”
“Who makes mouths?” the Lord asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.”
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send some else.”
Peter . . . walked on the water . . . toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” — Matthew 14:29-30 (NIV)
Debra Callaway (Kansas) titled her story “GO FOR IT;” here is a portion of Debra’s story:
“. . . To me, following God is much like that ski lesson. Sometimes we’re afraid to commit to a task God has placed before us. We fear we can’t do it, or we think of all the things that could go wrong. But if we truly trust God, we can take a deep breath, ‘go for it,’ and then be amazed at what God has empowered us to do.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How is God empowering me to “go for it” today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust you enough to do what you call us to do and not miss out on the blessings that come from our obedience. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LEARNING A NEW SKILL
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