Exodus Devotional | The Greatness of God to His People in Need
The Book of Exodus
The Greatness of God to His People in Need
Exodus Chapter 7, Day 1
“ You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” (Exodus 7:2-5)
There are some who think Christianity and the Word of God are irrelevant. It’s an ancient text for an ancient people. Times are different today and we ought to leave the Bible in the past, where and when it was written. These views couldn’t be further from the truth--just look at the current state of affairs in our world today and then to Exodus, chapter 7!
In our day, we face a world enslaved to sin, tempted to it ourselves, struggling to hear from God, worried about the future, challenged by many poor (or, even, evil!) leaders, and now a plague is in the mix. That’s where Moses and Aaron find themselves in chapter 7. They have to obey God and do some brave things. Think about Moses’ circumstances:
He’s uncertain about how God’s plan is going to play out
He has to lead a bunch of people through it
He’s already obeyed God and things got worse
He’s not really up to the task God’s given him, so he needs help from Aaron
God’s about to send a plague, and though it punishes Pharaoh and Egypt, the Israelites are going to go through it, too
I want you to dwell mainly on this today: the Bible is true, timely, and relevant.
For the rest of the week, and likely, the next several weeks, we’re going to look at the Word of God in Exodus and we’ll need to be able to trust that it matters. That’s why I want you to see—that what God says about the world, sin, tribulation, joy, prayer, and the rest ... it’s all true. Not just nice ideas or wise opinions ... it’s truth. The Bible is timely...I had no idea back in October that the week I’d be preaching and teaching the beginning of the plagues that we’d be in the midst of one that interrupts our lives. And, yes, the Bible is relevant. Because it is the Word of God, it matters to us today.
We’re going to study Exodus 7 this week and as we go through it, I want you to know and trust that the God who is ever-present and nearby is talking to you. He knows what you’re going through, he knows what he’s bringing about, and he knows exactly what you need to hear and believe. He’s given us his Word, the Bible.
1. Spend some time today, praying and meditating on some truths you’ve found in the Bible that mean a lot to you. Pray in gratitude to God as you remind yourself of what he’s already taught you in your life.
2. As you read Exodus 7, I want you to keep in mind that the promise God makes in verses 2-5 means the Israelites are going to walk a dark and troubled road to get there. Through it all, God is faithful. Think about how you will need to trust God’s goodness as he takes you through trial, uncertainty, and even sickness.