Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18 - Exodus 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Moses and Aaron approach Pharaoh about letting the Israelites go. 
  • Their request backfires as Pharaoh not only refuses but also makes the Israelites work more difficult.  
  • As a result, the Israelites become upset with Moses and Aaron.  
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Often when God is about to do a great thing in your life, He allows it to be preceded by a very discouraging setback.  The burden of slavery in Egypt became heaviest just before they were liberated.  While God has good reasons for doing things this way, the question is how do we respond?  Do we become more discouraged, or do we hold on to God in trust?
  • Pride keeps us from God.  Pharaoh refused to listen to a very reasonable request: a three-day journey into the desert.  His pride and ambition hardened his heart to God and sealed his eventual fate.  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Psalm 30:5 says, "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."  Regardless of what you're experiencing, don't give up.  Your heavenly Father can be trusted with your circumstances.  
  • Is sinful pride affecting your relationship with God?  Is pride keeping you from admitting sin?  Has pride blinded you to your faults?  Is pride keeping you from placing your faith in Jesus?  Ask God to remove any sinful pride from you.  Philippians 4:6 says, "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."