And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have done among them?”
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt it was no smooth journey. Moses, sent by God to do His work, was constantly moaned at and despised by the people he went to save. Even God got miffed and punished those that went against Him. Messy stuff. Good intentions, that for a while, went wrong. When we put all of our faith in God, things may feel like they’re going wrong or getting worst. And because it feels that way we start to distrust God and do things our way. That’s when it gets messy. In truth, things may seem to get worst because it’s not going to our plan or how we may imagine life to be. That was also true of the Israelites. Because they hadn’t reached the promised land within 30 minutes of leaving Egypt (an exaggeration) they decided that it was a mistake and they actually wanted to go back to Egypt. Back to being ruled over and mistreated by the Pharaoh. God delights in us and will not let us come to harm or forget us. But His plan, is not always our plan. In fact, it’s probably a better plan. But that plan will not come to fruition if we try to do things our way. No, we have to patiently wait on God and not let things get messy.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, forgive us for not trusting and putting our faith in You – Amen!
‘That same day the Pharaoh gave his order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people. “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw for making bricks; let them go gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before….”
Nothing has changed. People in power making life difficult for those with no power is a familiar story. Both in life and the work place. But instead of dwelling on those that can make our lives difficult, we should turn our focus to the one that can make it easier. God. He took care of the people of Israel and He’ll take care of us. We will enter the kingdom of heaven as equals, no CEO or world leader will be first in line. All of that power and self-importance will be left behind. It won’t go with us. So, whether we are in positions of power or not it seems pointless to toil away on this earth (in the limited amount of years we have on it) trying to prove something that will ultimately mean nothing! Instead, let’s behave in the way God wants us to behave regardless of our place in the corporate world. Loving, encouraging, respectful, honest, understanding and humble. The list goes on but those words even things out. We workwith each other, respectful of each of our positions, but we work for God.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, be with us through our struggles. Whether we’re leaders or those following the lead. Give us respect for each other and help us to remember that you have the greatest power and that it’s you we work for. May we be joyful in the way we work together forever glorifying your name – Amen!
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men”. So, they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.
Those are such powerful words. The problem is, they’re almost like a fairy tale. So familiar, they’re unreal. But it really happened. We have laptops, desks and office buildings. They had boats, water and nets. It makes no difference if they were scraping by to make a living on the lake over 2000 years ago or if we’re comfortably earning our way in Darien and New York in 2013. The principal is the same. We can still follow God in the same way.
Why did God fill up their nets with fish for them? I’d hazard a guess that he wanted to show them that everything will be fine if they have faith. And so it’s the same for us. What are we leaving? I’d suggest it’s our dedication to the things that simply don’t matter like wealth, status and pride. And the anxiety, worry and stress that comes with that. When we leave those things behind and let go, anything can happen. (It’s also a huge relief). God sees a different heart and He will work through that heart and do the most amazing things. Things you could never imagine yourself doing. I’m no testimony to that but I’m trying. But I’ve seen it happen and I’ve read about people who are. To name a few, the fisherman, Moses, Noah, Abram, and even tax collectors! Everyday people like me. And you.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we want to follow you but we’re distracted by worldly things. Help us to take that leap of faith and truly follow your path even if it’s only lit a few steps of the way – Amen!