August 2 – Exodus 3:13-22
August 2 – Exodus 3:13-22
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Thank You Father God that I can trust that you are always with me. Because Your word says: “And lo, I am with you always.”
It truly is beyond my comprehension how truly amazing You are God. To know that at any given moment You are listening to millions of prayers, yet You treat me as if I am the only one. You make me feel like the most important thing You have to do, is listen to me, and love on me. I love in these verses that You promise not only freedom, but that their captors would give them riches to help them on their way. Thank You for loving us so much. Help me in the times that life seems to be going sideways, remember that You are there, and You are aware of my troubles. Help me know that my circumstances aren’t a reflection of how much You love me, but how much You trust me to love You, no matter how difficult life is.
In Jesus’ name.
Moses shared his concerns with God regarding how the Israelites might respond to his message. God graciously shared specific directions on how to carry out his request. He also reassured Moses that the people would listen to his voice. God told how he saw the afflictions the Israelites had endured from Egypt and gave the amazing promise of eventual freedom. He told Moses it would not be an easy task, but he would strike Egypt with all His wonders. As we continue to read on in the following chapters, we will see God’s provisions again and again. How does it make you feel to know that God sees all our afflictions, troubles, worries, and concerns? He not only sees them, but he’s there with us through the problems. I’m often comforted by the hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” Are there worries, troubles and concerns that you’re dealing with today? Trust God as you pray for your situation and know that He’s already there.
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord,[b] the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.[c] 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”