Sunday, January 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 22 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Exodus continues today, after yesterday’s birth of Moses and his fleeing from Egypt… Exodus 3, 4 and 5 records a lengthy conversation between Moses and God, “I AM WHO I AM.” God sends Moses back to Egypt to set the Israelites free, but not before giving him very clear instructions as to how Pharaoh is going to respond.
v 10 “Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
v 13 “But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
v 24 “At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.” (Because Moses had not circumcised his son, so his wife did it… Wondering if Moses didn’t have a high value for circumcision since he had been raised in Pharaoh’s house by Egyptians?)
Luke 22, Jesus observes the Passover with his disciples, including Judas, who was about to betray him. Jesus called Judas knowing that he would betray him… That’s amazing to me.
In the middle of the meal, v 24 “a dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.” Seriously? Human (sin) nature is ridiculous.
God called Moses, specifically. He gave him the strategy and what to say to Pharaoh.. He even told him, “I made your mouth!” He told him what to expect from Pharaoh… He gave him a staff to perform signs and wonders.
I view the Bible as my burning bush. It has the path we are to walk on… sometimes in broad terms, other times it gives specifics. I think He gives us revelation (downloads) as we read his word and pray, during times of worship, and as we receive godly counsel. (What am I called to? Where should I live? Should I take this job and move my family? Etc…) I also think His will for our lives unfolds as we walk through doors we are (fairly) certain He has opened for us.
In Moses’ case, he is going back to place where he had killed a man. Fearing there could be consequences for his actions, he is understandably nervous… I love that God reassured him that the people who wanted him dead are they themselves dead and are no longer a threat.
Just imagine though… Moses killed a man. Saul (Paul) had Christians killed. David had Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, killed. I’m seeing a theme… a pattern here. (Tongue somewhat in cheek…)
The encouraging thing is that God uses broken people… people with a past. He is more concerned with our future than our past.
I wonder if Peter had prayed on the Mount of Olives that he would not fall into temptation, if he would have NOT denied Jesus? Jesus was at the time of his deepest need and his closest friends were SLEEPING. Again, human nature…
When God gives me an assignment, best to do it without arguing and whining about I don’t speak well, or whatever. Simply trust Him that He will give me what I need to accomplish the task. He made my mouth, He will give me the words. (Jesus reiterated this in yesterday’s reading in Luke 21, that he would give us the words.)
Lord, I just want to trust You… I just want to be willing and obedient to the things You have called me to. I am trusting You to lead me when I am leading worship… I am trusting You to give me the right words when I am speaking, whether in church, or out in the community. Help me to not be sleeping when I should be praying… Thank You that You use ordinary people…