August 8 – Exodus 5:15-23
August 8 – Exodus 5:15-23
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Heavenly Father, I’m so glad I never have to face anything alone. It helps me so much to know I can always turn to You and You never feel I’m asking too many questions or taking up too much of Your time. Thank You for always being there for me. Help me to remember to come to You to thank You, not just beg from You. Help me not be that one who forgets all You have done for me. I want so much to be the one that returns to thank You rather than the nine who went on their way. Help me see the opportunities You give me to share with others all You have done for me. There is no way I could begin to share everything You have done, as You have done so many things for me, and many I haven’t even realized. Help me see You as You bless me, comfort me, and use me to help others.
In Jesus’ name.
The Israelites spoke truth to the situation they were now encountering. Do you blame them for calling out Moses and Aaron?
What would you have done?
Even Moses turned to the Lord and questioned why he had been sent before Pharaoh only for the Israelites to endure more evil and punishment. Thankfully Moses turned to God first even if it was in a questioning manner.
How often I try to resolve a problem, situation or a simple issue on my own without seeking guidance from God. Sometimes we suffer retaliation or persecution. Where do we go first? Ask God to help you seek Him and His guidance in all situations. The answer may not be immediate but remember that He’s in the midst of the storm with you as you practice faith, trust and obedience. You’re never alone.
15 Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? 16 No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.” 17 But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.” 19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”