Depart

“Are you listening?” {Exodus 1-4}

12:30 AM

January 16, 2018


I don’t know about you, but when life changes, I tend to pull on the reins and want to stop.  I have a difficult time with change and I want to know all the plans ahead of time so that I am prepared.  Some people call this being a control freak.  Well, whatever it is, I don’t like being in the midst of change without knowing what’s going on. 

God’s timing is not at all like my own.  And I have been like Moses many, many times – pick someone else!  I am not at all your gal!  Until now.  These past 15 days have been simply amazing.  I prayed for open eyes, wisdom and understanding not too long ago, and I have seen and understood so much more than I thought possible.

After Moses tried over and over to tell God he wasn’t the right guy for the task, God told Moses, “I will be with you.” (3:12)  We need to become more aware of the ground we walk on.  God’s location is right here!  Remember, our bodies are a temple? (1 Corinthians 6:19)  “We take the first step towards worship each time we become aware that God constantly surrounds us.” (iworship devotional for today).

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Where is it that you need to worship God?  Is it in an illness?  A job?  Your children?  Your parents?  Your spouse?  A new place to live?  Whatever it is, just remember that is holy ground.  Perhaps you haven’t realized that that is holy ground.  God wants you to worship Him right there.  He brought you there and He is able to part the seas for you to go through it.


“As we begin today in Exodus, let us remember that the word means “to go forth” or “to depart”.  It’s the story of a people rescued through the blood of a sacrificial lamb, breaking the bonds of slavery to worship the God who rescued them, and then being taught how to worship Him.  It’s a book detailing some of the essential elements of worship, trusting, leaving, listening and obeying.  The Israelites had to leave their old ways and adopt the Lord’s ways.  They had to listen to God’s instructions about how to live and worship.  And finally, they had to obey.” (iworship Bible)

Endurance

Safe In God's Hands {Gen. 46:1-50:26}

5:11 AM

Monday Jan. 15 {Safe In God’s Hands} Gen. 46:1-50:26  


The story of Joseph is a hard one to read. It seemed he couldn’t catch a break. Author A.W. Tozer once said, 'It is doubtful that God ever used anybody greatly without first hurting him deeply”, and Joseph knew this firsthand. But even through his lowest of lows and highest of highs, Joseph recognized that it was the hand of God working in all things to bring about His will. 

With all of the trials that he faced, it would have been easy for Joseph to get stuck in self pity and discouragement. He could have turned away from God, blaming Him for his misfortunes. He could have used his power and authority to take vengeance against his brothers for their brutal betrayal. But he didn’t. Instead Joseph humbled himself before the Lord and submitted to His will. He held on to the truth that God is always in control. Always. Joseph trusted  in the knowledge that, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)


When tough times have come into my life, too often my first response has been anger or to question God and cry out, “Why me?” I have tried to rely on my own abilities to control or change the situation instead of being like Joseph; riding out the storm, content in trusting in God’s perfect plans and timing. Pridefully I've tried in vain to follow my own path instead of the path God has laid out for me.

During those times when I feel the pull of a “woe is me attitude”, I remember the strength of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He willingly faced endless adversity and endured unmeasurable suffering to fulfill the plans of God. And because of His sacrifice, we are saved. Although I might not understand God’s reasons for the tribulations in my life, God knows. And that’s enough for me. What I do know is that He loves me, always has my  best interests at heart, and wants me to cast all of my anxiety onto Him. (1Peter 5:7). 

At the time of his troubles, Joseph didn’t yet know the great things God was going to accomplish through him. And when we are knee deep in our troubles we might not see the great things God wants to accomplish through us too. No matter the difficulty, even if as in Joseph’s case it’s the wickedness of others, God is there. I love how the iworship Bible says, “He’s watching. Working. Writing a masterpiece.” And in writing this masterpiece, God may use our suffering to result in not only a great blessing for ourselves, but for others as well. For just as Joseph declares to the brothers who treated him with treachery, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Gen. 50:20)

No matter what you are going through right now, remember that He has a purpose and a plan. God loves you more than you can ever know, so trust Him. He will will keep you safe in His hands, and there are no better hands to be in!




Genesis

SoulSearching Sunday - Week Two

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SoulSearching Sunday!



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week Two

Welcome!  We pray that you have all had a precious time worshipping the Lord this morning!  Below you will find some thought provoking questions that will provide you a starting point to your journal writing to complete this week.  We pray that you will find this time soul satisfying!

Our reading this week was Genesis 21:1 - 45:28.

1. How has God provided for your needs? List specific actions He has taken on your behalf and offer Him praise for them. Do you lack anything? Ask God to provide for you out of the abundance of His blessings.

2. What issues or struggles make worship difficult right now? Ask God to strengthen you through these circumstances. And be encouraged that wrestling with God brings you into intimate contact with your Creator.

3. What family member comes to mind when you think of restored relationships? Pray that God would heal the brokenness in your family and restore joy in those relationships.


See you next week!