Look beyond ourselves to the great resources available

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 20, 2017

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb ♥


 

 

 

 

Today’s scripture reading:

Moses made excuses because he felt inadequate for the job God asked him to do.  It was natural for him to feel that way.  He was inadequate all by himself.  But God wasn’t asking Moses to work alone.  He offered other resources to help (God himself, Aaron, and the ability to do miracles).  God often calls us to do tasks that seem too difficult, but he doesn’t ask us to do them alone.  God offers us his resources, just as he did to Moses.  We should not hide behind our inadequacies, as Moses did, but look beyond ourselves to the great resources available.  Then we can allow God to use our unique contributions.  (NLT)

Exodus 3:7-12 – Then the Lord told him, “You can be sure I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt.  I have heard their cries for deliverance from their harsh slave drivers.  Yes, I am aware of their suffering.  So I have come to rescue them from the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own good and spacious land.  It is a land flowing with milk and honey–the land where the Canaanites, Hitties, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites live.  The cries of the people of Israel have reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians have oppressed them with heavy tasks.  Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh.  You will lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

“But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?”  Moses asked God.  “How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Then God told him, “I will be with you.  And this will serve as proof that I have sent you: When you have brought the Israelites out of Egypt, you will return here to worship God at this very mountain.”

[God] said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

Bob La Forge (New Jersey) titled his story “EXCUSES, EXCUSES;” here is a portion of Bob’s story:

“I have flaws, and all too often I discover something new that I cannot do well.  My typical response is to spend my free time lying in bed watching TV.  . . .  Sometimes I use my weaknesses as an excuse not to do something.  Then I can say, ‘I can’t do that because I’m too (fill in the blank).’

“. . .  Moses’ excuse sounds a lot like the excuses I make.  ‘I can’t do it.  I’ve got too many flaws.  You’re going to have to ask someone else.’  But God reassured Moses and me: ‘I will be with you.’

“Sometimes we focus on our flaws and think that we are not smart enough, talented enough, or eloquent enough.  But God doesn’t make us smarter or more talented or more articulate.  Instead, God promises to remain with us, which is all we need.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God does not erase my flaws but goes with me and fills me with courage.

Prayer: Dear God, continue to be with us and give us all we need to do your will.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE IN NEED OF COURAGE

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

 

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