August 5 – Exodus 4:18-26

August 5 – Exodus 4:18-26

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Heavenly Father, help me be obedient in the little things as well as the big things.  I know sometimes I think there are little things that don’t matter as much, but You want my obedience in every situation.  Even if it is something that doesn’t hurt anyone, it comes between You and me and I don’t want anything to come between us.  Help me choose You when You call on me to act a certain way or share You with someone.  Even when I’m nervous and don’t know what to say, help me know You will guide my words and my actions when I surrender to Your will.  Thank You Father for always loving me.  I know I am often unlovable, but You are love and love me on my best days as well as my worst days.

In Jesus’ name.


These verses can be very confusing.  It is difficult sometimes to understand why God does what He does.  Why would He call Moses to free His people and turn around and try to kill him?  Is God one to change His mind or decide to change His plan midstream?  No way!  God is a consistent and gracious God, but He also demands obedience.  The word “sin” comes from an archery term and means “misses the mark”.  So, when God sees us miss the mark, or sin, He has to call us out, especially in those He is sending in to do His work.  Moses was facing a huge battle in going to Pharoh on behalf of God to free the Israelites.  God wanted Moses to go in fully committed and without anything that would keep Moses from carrying out His plan.  This disobedience of not having his own son circumcised, was sin and God needed it taken care of prior to this battle with Pharoah, which let’s face it was really a battle with Satan.  His wife was able to see the issue and took care of the problem. 

How often are we too focused on one thing that we don’t see where God might be trying to get our attention on a completely different area?

How often can those around us help us get back on track, but sometimes we think we have it and don’t need help. 

God speaks to us today in many ways, but primarily through His Word, the Holy Spirit, circumstances, and other people.  Be open to hear God’s voice even if it comes in a way you aren’t expecting. 

Don’t let obedience keep you from doing something great for God.

Exodus 4:18-26

18 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’”

24 At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.


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