Make A Difference (5 April 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

The Lord said:

I have seen how my people are suffering as slaves in Egypt, and I have heard them beg for my help because of the way they are being mistreated. I feel sorry for them, and I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians.

I will bring my people out of Egypt into a country where there is good land, rich with milk and honey. I will give them the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. My people have begged for my help, and I have seen how cruel the Egyptians are to them. Now go to the king! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.

But Moses said, “Who am I to go to the king and lead your people out of Egypt?”

God replied, “I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.”

Exodus 3.7-12

Reflect:

Moses had become so overwhelmed with anger about his people’s oppression that he’d committed murder and had to flee (2.11-12). He’d taken a stand and it had been totally counterproductive. Now he was hiding out in Midian, a long way from the trouble.

But God was angry about the same thing, and with God on his side, Moses was about to take on Egypt and win. We often get riled up about situations God might see differently, but when our passions line up, nothing is impossible.

Respond:

Make a list of the sources of your discontent at the moment. Circle any you think God might see in the same way. Spend some time in prayer, asking God how he might want to work with you to bring about change.

 

Midday Meditation:

'I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.'

Mother Teresa

Evening Reflection:

God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love. I pray that you and all of God’s people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep. I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.

I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.

(Ephesians 3: 16-21)

 

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