Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 22 "Led By the Long Road" Exodus 13-15

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When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. Exodus 13:17.  For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea."  Sometimes it is in the closet of the wilderness where God leads us.  Not the surest safest shortest route.  But the way that is close to His Heart.  The right way.  The will of God.  Who am I to question His way.  It's always the best way in light of eternity.  

PHOTO: Breed's long road. Unbelievable but we live by faith not by circumstances. 

January 21 "Old Mercies" Exodus 10-12

No Israelite could stir out of doors---Exodus 12:29--- "till called to march out of Egypt." Their safety was the blood over their doors. Protection over their lives. There. They must stay and wait for God. There. They were encouraged: "To look backward, that they might remember what great things God had done for them." What will encourage us deeply is to mark on in those old mercies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 20 "The Finger of God" Exodus 7-9

The finger of God speaks of a Power that no human owns. The magicians even knew that. Power was beyond their abilities.  No one could match this power.  God placed an embargo on Egypt's evil magicians yet Pharaoh wouldn't bend, wouldn't bow.  Out of his own pride and wanting the people subject to him. May we this very day forsake the kingdom of self and fall face forward toward the Kingdom of God.  We are all placed in moments that are designed to take us beyond ourselves, beyond our own power, beyond our character and wisdom, so that we seek the help and hope found only in the only God above. The finger of God on each of our lives this day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 19 "Trusting Too Little" Exodus 4-6

The people did not listen to Moses because they were both discouraged and under cruel harsh labor days. They could not---would not---think beyond their very circumstances. Exodus 6:19. Do we?  All of us deal with our depravity, our carnal hearts wanting to live for something other than God.  "It is profitable to place no confidence in ourselves, all our sufficiency must be in the Lord.  We never can trust ourselves too little, or our God too much."  Matthew Henry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 18 "Self-perpetuating" Exodus 1-3

 AM THAT I AM.  Exodus 3:14. Self-perpetuating life. Self existent. Always the same. Icomprehensible. Faithful. There is none besides Me. All have being in Me. All wholly dependent, whether we know it or not. Holy dependent. Resolve to be holy not to try to figure everything out.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 17 "Concourse of Providence" Genesis 48-50

Joseph didn't skirt the issue with his brothers.  He nailed it.  You meant it for evil.  How often I soft soap the evil someone has done to me because of relationships and not wanting to offend.  Joseph named the evil intentions whether it be doomed to slavery or death. They intended harm by taking him away from his father.  But God meant it for good.  God designs good should come by whatever happens to us.  The concourse of Providence directs this story---and ours--- and causes it to work for good.  Always.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 16 "Pilgrimage" Genesis 46-47

Jacob described his life as a "pilgrimage," meaning he was on his way to his real home---heaven.  Through all his days, he never lost sight, even in the midst of such sorrow.  Genesis 47:9.  Conniving brothers are treated differently here.  The true meaning of respect for what is right.  And Jacob, the patriarch, offers a blessing to the Pharaoh who has saved his life, his family's lives, and his world.  May we live in the humble beginnings where Providence has placed us---and not seek to be someone else.

Photo:  Credit: Flickr.  All the stones piled high as a memoriam to a life well lived.  Jacob's pilgrimage home.