August 23 – Exodus 9:27-35
August 23 – Exodus 9:27-35
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Heavenly Father, help me to be a woman of my word. Help me to not be used as a poor example of a Christian. Help me to be one that shows Your love by being honest and reliable. There is no one that comes even close to You in this area, but I know although I can’t achieve perfection, I can strive for it. Help me to see areas I need to grow so that I’m never a stumbling block. Help me be one like Moses, that is committed to follow You and obey You, even if it takes many plagues and years in the wilderness to achieve the plan You have for me. Help me be strong and obedient through my wilderness. I know I am not capable of being strong or obedient on my own, so help me keep my eyes on You and listen to Your voice and follow Your steps as You lead me to the promised land. Thank You for loving me when I am so unlovable and using me when there is nothing good in me outside of You.
In Jesus’ name.
Here we go again. Pharaoh makes a promise and does the exact opposite of what he swears he will do.
Have you ever met someone who lies this easily?
Do you think Pharaoh intended to change his mind each time he promised to let them go, or do you think he really meant what he said and then changed his mind?
As a child we had someone in our life that my dad said you could tell when they were lying because their mouth was moving.
How sad it was that this person lied so easily that when they promised something you had absolutely no faith in them to follow through. There are many people in the world who are hypocrites. Even as believers we sometimes struggle to act on our promises. How fortunate we are that we have a God that is not only loving, but always keeps His word. If God says it, You can be sure He will do it. That is the kind of legacy we should leave as His children.
When you speak about Jesus and then are unreliable, you are tainting the name of Jesus. Commit to being a person of your word so that people can see the love of Jesus come through you.
27 Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, “This time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Plead with the Lord, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.” 29 Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the Lord. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the Lord's. 30 But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God.” 31 (The flax and the barley were struck down, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud. 32 But the wheat and the emmer were not struck down, for they are late in coming up.) 33 So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the Lord, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth. 34 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 35 So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the Lord had spoken through Moses.