September 27 - Exodus 20:1-2
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20 And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
I know it might seem like there are just a few words in our verses today, but how profound those words are. The fact that God spoke to Moses at all is a miracle in itself.
He reminded Moses who He was and what He had done for the Israelites. My first thought it that Moses could look around and see they weren’t in Egypt, but it was more than that. It was a reminder that what Moses might at times think he himself did, was completely God’s doing. Moses was the mouth moving but the words and the influence was God and God alone.
He also reminds Moses here of the circumstances the Israelites had been under in Egypt. They had been in the house of slavery. Everywhere they went in Egypt they were under Pharaoh’s thumb. They couldn’t sleep, eat, travel…anything without Pharaoh’s permission and all they had, as far as food and clothing wasn’t theirs, but provided by Pharaoh. Of course, it wasn’t much, but God is reminding Moses here of all that had taken place as part of the process of getting them out of Egypt. The plagues, the Passover, the Egyptians giving them goods to take with them. None of it came about naturally. It was all God.
Heavenly Father, I am so guilty of needing a reminder of what You have done for me and what You do for me every single day. I wish I could say I would have acted better than the people in the wilderness, but I know better. How discomfort, stress and especially change can make me cranky and forgetful of what You do for me and who You are. How did we get here, Father? How did we have the opportunity to come directly to You without fear of death if we touch something or step too close, yet we have forgotten how mighty and amazing You are. Please forgive me when I take You for granted. I truly don’t mean to do that, but I know I do it. Help me to remember I need to be in awe of Your presence. You love me and want to give me Your very best, but I have to be ready to receive it and I am so seldom really ready to be in Your presence. Please help me not be so casual about coming to You. Help me realize every moment who You are and how You love me, but also the expectation for me to come worshipping You as You deserve every time I pray. Thank You Father…for who You are!
In Jesus’ name.