Daily D – Exodus 8:9
Exodus 8:9 “You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River.” (NLT)
Moses started doing what he said he couldn’t do. He began taking the lead in the conversations with Pharaoh. What has God asked you to do that you are not yet doing? What will it take for you to join Moses in the Reluctant Prophet line, the “Why did I wait so long,” line, the “What was I so afraid of” line?
God provides where he guides. He does not provide courage and confidence when we lag behind. He does not provide when our obedience is tepid and limited. If you want to know the power of God, step into the arena where that power is required.
It took Moses a while to warm up to his role. He who started so sheepishly (ahem) as a shepherd at Sinai, who begged for God to send someone else, anyone else, now demonstrated a God-confidence bigger than big. When we see God for who he is, we are less and less intimidated or charmed by those who are presented as powerful.
God had turned his full attention to his people (2:24). He remembered his promises. It was now time to act. No hard-hearted potentate would stand in his way. He could throw up his godly defenses once, twice, up to ten times, and they would not be enough to interfere with God’s purpose to deliver his people.
Nothing would stand in God’s way of saving those he loved. No desert. No sea. No wilderness. No lack of water. No lack of food. No, nothing would prevent God from keeping his promises and saving his people.
Pharaoh could bow up in all the power he could muster and martial. It didn’t matter. Pharaoh’s curtain call was coming soon. God would defeat the gods. Set ‘em up. He’ll knock ‘em down.
A cautionary tale: Defiantly choosing your way instead of following God’s way is the best way to end up in complete ruin.
An invitation: Trust God from the bottom of your heart (Proverbs 3:5). Waterways become highways. Deserts are drenched in manna. Rocks produce water. Clothes do not wear out. Feet do not swell. The expedition of a lifetime begins at the moment when we step out in faith.
I will let go of reluctance and step forward in faith.
Our Father, please forgive my tepid participation. Empower me to take the next step that declares I am all in. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.