August 15 – Exodus 8:8-15
August 15 – Exodus 8:8-15
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Heavenly Father, help me to desire to grow my relationship with You, not just use You to get my wants. Help me to come to You each day with the attitude “What do You have for me today, God?” rather than coming with “Here’s what I need from You today, God!” Help me know You more each day, love You more each day, understand Your Word better each day, be more of a light for You each day, and be more obedient each day. I know as I love You more, I will become more obedient. My love will come from a better understanding, and understanding You, plus loving You, brings me to become more obedient.
My life should be about being used by You and fulfilling Your plan for me, not fulfilling my own plan for me. You created me with a purpose, and You know that purpose best. Help me to have a servant’s heart and come to You with love, respect, and the expectation that You are going to use me, not the expectation that You are going to do FOR me.
Thank You for Your patience and kindness as I stumble through this life making mistake after mistake. Thank You for loving me when I am so unlovable.
In Jesus’ name.
Oh, boy. This certainly sounds familiar to me. He asks Moses to intervene with God on his behalf. Moses does. God rids the land of the frogs. Pharaoh responds with a hardened heart.
How many times have I attempted to bargain with God? “God, please get me out of this situation and I promise I will never do this again.” I have prayed those words. Now that I am older and in closer relationship with God, I realize God is in control and I need to respectfully live in a manner that honors Him. God is not my magic lamp. He loves me and wants what is best for me. I can only know what He wants for me as I spend time with Him daily.
Have you found this to be true in your own personal walk?
Ask God to give you spiritual eyes and ears to see and listen only to Him.
8 Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” 10 And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God. 11 The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.” 12 So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. 13 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. 14 And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.