Pastor’s Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 4-6
The story line moves very quickly through the first part of the book of Exodus and God’s future leader has been born, reared in the palace, fled to the desert, and is now ready to confront Pharaoh. Moses is one of the greatest Christians in the entire Bible and yet God has deemed it necessary to show us many of his imperfections. I don’t know about you, but I am encouraged to know that some of these great saints of God struggle like I do. Moses is called by God to lead the people of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, much like we have been called by God to share the good new of the gospel and lead people out of the bondage of their sin. But just like Moses, many of us start to make our excuses. Moses starts by arguing the results before he has put in any effort. “They will not believe me…” Oh how many times I have heard people excuse their lack of witnessing because they say, “they just don’t want to hear it.” Our command is to go, and we must learn to trust God for the results. Moses had a rod, but we have been entrusted with the complete revealed word of God. We have the power of God at our fingertips. Moses continues his excuses by arguing his ability vs. God’s dependability. God will never ask us to do anything that He will not provide the strength, wisdom, and opportunities to do it. We can depend upon God to be faithful to do His part. Moses, like many of us, begs God to let someone else do it. After all, we convince ourselves they can do it better! God is angry with Moses’ excuses, but allows Aaron to come along side Moses as an encouragement and partner with him. Oh how I thank God for the many “partners” in ministry He has graciously given to me, in order to help me do what God has called me to do. The last verse says it all, “And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel… they bowed their heads and worshipped.” (4:31)
• Lord, help me to just trust and obey. Help me to not make excuses for myself, but to trust in your wisdom and commandments.
• Lord, help me to be the witness you want me to be. Please help me give the gospel to someone today.
• Lord, thank you for your constant faithfulness and complete dependability. Help me to be a man of God you can depend upon to be obedient.
• Lord, thank you for the many “Aarons” you have given to me. Please help them know how much I love and appreciate them!