READING: EXODUS 4
Moses repeatedly objected to becoming God’s chosen instrument of deliverance for his people, and the Lord answered each of his excuses. Moses’ fifth objection to send someone else angered the Lord because of the lack of faith it represented. Even here, the Lord made provision for a spokesman to the people, and Aaron was already on his way to visit his brother Moses. When Moses and Aaron returned to Egypt, the Lord gave them favor with the children of Israel who realized that the Lord had finally visited them and looked on their affliction.
Prayer: Lord, You meet Your people at their point of need and authenticate Yourself in so many ways. I thank You that You prepare creative ways of delivering us from the servitude and monotony of sin, and that You invite us to participate in Your works and ways.
Meditation passage: verses 5, 11, 31
From Simple Prayers
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, your goodness, and your love, and I now draw near to enjoy your presence.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the furthest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,”
Even the night will be light around me.
The darkness is not dark to You,
And the night shines as the day;
Darkness and light are alike to You. (Psalm 139:7–12)
Take a moment to consider God’s awesome majesty and thank Him that He loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
Who is like You, O Lord? Who is like You—majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? (Exodus 15:11)
He who enters by the door is the shepherd of his sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep listen to his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he brings out his own, he goes before them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. And they will never follow a stranger but will run away from him because they do not recognize the voice of strangers. Jesus used this figure of speech, but His hearers did not understand what He was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:2–8, 11, 14–15)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, they have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
May those who hope in You not be ashamed because of me, O Lord God of hosts; may those who seek You not be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Lord, I thank You for Your majestic holiness and for Jesus, the good Shepherd. I thank You that I am a new creation in Christ, and I ask that people would honor You because of the way I live.
From Handbook to Wisdom
Lord, I praise you because . . .
You rule over all Your creation.
The Lord God of hosts—
He who touches the earth and it melts,
and all who live in it mourn;
He who builds His staircase in the heavens
and founded the expanse over the earth;
He who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the earth—
the Lord is His name.
Lord God of hosts, the glories of the heavens and of the earth all point to You. Your authority and power are evident in the sea and in the sky, in the sun and moon and the starry hosts in the vast expanse of space. All these are in Your hands, and nothing can defeat Your purposes which You planned from before the foundation of the earth, even from all eternity. Amen.