WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY, 2020
OBEY GOD, EVEN IN GLOOMY TIMES
TEXT: EXODUS 6:1-13
KEY VERSE: “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt” (EXODUS 6:13).
Those who face small problems in life often receive small answers from the Lord. It is only when the challenge is great that an opportunity comes for God to do great things; prove Himself by exercising His great power; and fulfilling all He has promised. It is at such a time that He shows that He is the Almighty.
As things got from bad to worse for the Israelites, so God stiffened His resolve to bend the iron will of Pharaoh. He assured Moses that Pharaoh’s resistance would collapse after experiencing the strong-arm tactics of God. Then, he would be forced to drive the Israelites out of his land.
He urged Moses not to despair; reaffirming His lordship over all men. He also introduced Himself to Moses as Jehovah – the One who is the ‘I am that I am’. He recounted His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His promise to give the Israelites their own land in Canaan, make them His own people and be their God.
God’s faithfulness does not change with the passage of time. What He said to their forefathers many years earlier would be fulfilled in their time; whether they believed it or not. But this was not comforting enough when Moses spoke to them again because of the anguish of their spirit. In spite of their unbelief, God brushed aside Moses’ feeble protestation and sent him back to Pharaoh with the same message.
What God looks out for in us is that we do not give up. Setbacks may have arisen, turning people away from receiving His word, yet like Moses, we must continue to receive God’s message. Rather than focus on our problems or the solution we expect from Him, we should focus on the faithful God Himself. We must trust Him even when our situation seems impossible.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Obedience counts most when success appears slim.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 45-47