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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 23, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
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] He 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.
Moses pleaded with God to let him out of his mission. After all, he was not a good speaker and would probably embarrass both himself and God. But God looked at Moses’ problem quite differently. All Moses needed was some help, and who better than God could help him say and do the right things. God made his mouth and would give him the words to say it is easy for us to focus on our weaknesses, but if God asks us to do something, then he will help us get the job done. If the job involves some of our weak areas, then we can trust that he will provide words, strength, courage, and ability where needed. (NLT)
Exodus 4:1-12 – 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 ibn 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 yoru 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.”
The Lord said to [Moses], “Who gave human beings their mouths? . . . Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” –Exodus 4:11-12 (NIV)
Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia) titled her story “SEND SOMEONE ELSE!” Here is a portion of Melissa’s story:
“Ever since I was 12 years old, attending church each week has given me a sense of peace; it lifts my spirit and helps me face the week ahead. . . .
“Recently, one sermon started tugging at my heart more powerfully than any had before. It was about serving Christ – not just letting the church serve me. Shortly after hearing the sermon, I read in the church bulletin of a need for Sunday school teachers. I wondered, Is this God talking to me? It can’t be—I’ve never been good with kids. . . .
“I thought of the excuses Moses made when God asked him to lead the Israelites from slavery to the Promised Land. Like Moses, I wanted to say to God, ‘Please send someone else!’ It took a full year of resisting God’s voice before I finally said, ‘OK, God, I will trust you,’ and began teaching children at church.
“One Sunday a boy who had always seemed uninterested in participating asked ot speak to me after class. He said, ‘Miss, can I tell you about how I became a Christian?’ I knew then that God had equipped me to serve my church.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even with all my doubts and fears, I can bring others closer to Christ.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to hear your voice and trust when you call us to serve you in new ways. Amen.
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