June 11, 2017
Read: Exodus 5
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Scripture- Exodus 5:22-23- Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”
Observations- Well, it looks like things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better. The Pharaoh doubles down on his cruelty and demands the people work even harder under greater levels of punishment. The Israelite foreman blame Moses for these developments, and Moses doesn't understand why this is happening. He cries out to God with his concerns, which is exactly the right place to carry his lament.
Application- God's will is rarely accomplished overnight nor is it accomplished without struggles and difficulties along the way. There will always be a lot we can't comprehend as God's plan slowly unfolds in our lives. It is good for us to carry our fears and wonders directly to the Creator of the universe. Moses didn't turn to Aaron to voice his complaints; rather he carried them to God, the One who had called him to this role. We are allowed, even invited by the Lord, to do the same.
Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) “Today, O Lord- Let me put right before interest: Let me put others before self: Let me put the things of the Spirit before the things of the body: Let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasures: Let me put principle above reputation: Let me put Thee before all else.” Amen.
"From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer." (Psalm 130:1-2),
P. S. - Always remember we have a great option for mid-week worship in The Table at 7pm in Logan Hall on Wednesdays, which is especially good as families travel over the summer. Summer Nights at The Table are quite an event! From June 14 - July 26, join us each Wednesday night during the summer immediately following worship as we have fun activities. For instance on June 14 we have Board Game Night. Come at 6pm and enjoy a great low cost meal with friends.