Moses & Obedience

Moses & Obedience

Obedience

“What have we done?  We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”  (Ex. 14: 5b, NIV.)

Desperate to catch the Israelites, Pharaoh called on his army and led the chase in a passionate haste.  They madly pursued the Israelites, and overtook them as they camped by the Sea of Reeds.  The people of Israel helplessly watched the huge army approach in the distance, knowing they would soon be trapped between their enemy and the sea…  Terrified and outnumbered, God’s people cried out to the Lord for help.

They said to Moses “…what have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?  It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”  Moses answered, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today… the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  (Ex. 14: 11b, 12b-14, NIV.)

Here comes Pharaoh and his powerful army, and the Israelites are trapped with no place to run!  Read what happens next in Exodus 14: 15-31, and see how God uses Moses to perform a mighty miracle.

Making It Personal:  Moses was a great man of God.  He led the Hebrews out of captivity and into the land God promised them by listening to God’s voice.  By faith, he traveled the road of obedience, even when it led to what seemed like a dead-end. Moses’ obedience helped save God’s people from their enemies.

Do you ever find it difficult to obey?  Let’s face it, obedience is not always easy.  What we need to remember is God has a perfect plan that is for our good.  That plan requires us to be obedient to his voice.  He speaks to us today as powerfully as He did to Moses.  Just as He led Moses and his people with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, today God leads us with the pillar of his Word.  Reading and following God’s Word is very important.

You’ve probably experienced the consequences that come from not obeying.  Although God never stops loving us, we suffer (as well as others around us) when we don’t obey.  Read in Numbers 20 about the time Moses lost his temper, disobeyed God and suffered a very serious consequence.  Obeying those God put in authority over us, especially our parents, is also important.  If you are having a hard time obeying, ask God to help you trust him more.  The next time you are tempted to disobey, remember how Moses was used by God and went on to do great things because he was obedient.  Listen to the voice of God and you will be launched into the greatest and most exciting adventure you can ever imagine.

 

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Jennifer loves kids galore, & helping them reach their potential more.
Privileged to have taught in the past, she’s homeschooling her boys & having a blast (most days.)
She loves being married & living in the country, with an occasional 4-legged creature sighting.
She also enjoys running & photography – but especially the fun of rhyming her writing.
She and her husband Neil have two sons and live in Central Michigan.

 

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