He Answers Man’s Despairing Pleas with Plans

Moses didn’t have the confidence to tell Pharaoh what God had told him to do; to tell Pharaoh King of Egypt about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. In Exodus 7, God answers his despairing plea with a plan. Moses would simply say what God commands and his brother Aaron would tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go (v. 2).

Because Pharaoh refused to let the people go even after seeing the power God had given Aaron when he changed a staff into a snake, He put the king of Egypt and his nation through a series of plagues. The first is the plague of blood. God told Moses to confront the Pharaoh again about not letting the people go to the wilderness to worship. This time, Moses was given the power by God to strike the water of the Nile with the staff and the river water changed into blood (v. 17).

Pharaoh rejected the power of God so he was not obedient. Our obedience or disobedience is contingent on our view of God. Our humility adds to our wisdom as we experience life. Much like those in previous generations who lived through the great depression of the 1930’s and had experienced the effects so that they were more disciplined in how they used their hard earned money.

This day with God, be thankful for the lessons in the Word that help us in life because in life, things can blow up in our face and we wouldn’t have a clue what to do without the documented Word. The Word is the basis for our laws today; keeping a society functioning the way it should. The Word prepares us for a sometimes confusing world and it helps us to be battle tested for the challenges of each day.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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