Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Don’t Make Excuses

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

7th August 2011

Have you noticed that sometimes God has to adopt unusual methods to get our attention?

Maybe it’s because we have our minds focused on other things, maybe it’s because we are not as close to Him as we ought to be, or maybe we just don’t want to do what God has in mind for us.

In the story of Moses we see God getting his attention in a very unusual, unique way.

As a baby Moses was discovered floating on the river by Pharaoh’s daughter. Overcome by compassion, she brought him into the palace and reared him as her own son.

But when Moses was a man, in anger he killed an Egyptian. Forced to flee, he left the palace and went east to Midian.

While he was away his people, the Israelites, were suffering and dying. As slaves, they were under tremendous oppression, and their future was bleak.

What was Moses thinking during this time? Did he know about the plight of his people? Did he care anymore?

What we do know, however, is that the condition of the Israelites was a concern to God, for…

‘The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering’. (Exodus 3:7)

So one day, as he was tending sheep in the desert, a bush nearby suddenly burst into flame.

Now that’s an unusual way of getting someone’s attention. But that was God’s way of getting Moses’ attention.

Just picture the scene: Moses is in the middle of a desert, with nothing but sheep around, and suddenly a nearby bush catches fire. What’s more, the bush didn’t burn up. There was fire but the leaves didn’t crinkle, there was no smell of smoke, no combustion.

Then God spoke from out of the bush and gave Moses a vision of a task:

‘So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt’. (V.10)

Moses was 80 years old at this point and found the task set before him to be utterly overwhelming.

He offered God a number of excuses as to why he was not suitable for the task.

But he found, as we will find, that if God entrusts a person with a new vision, the task ahead is never as great as the power that is behind.

God said to Moses,

“…I will be with you…” (V.12)
“…I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians…” (V.20)
“…I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people…” (V.21)

When the great ‘I AM’ (V.14) sends us on a task and promises us success, it’s just pointless saying, “Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13).

When Jesus calls us to follow Him (Matthew 4:19) no excuses are justifiable (Matthew 8:18–22). The One who says “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35) will be in us (V.56) and will ensure that we will live forever (V.58).

If Jesus is trying to get your attention to follow Him, let’s say along with Samuel, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10).

Have a good week listening to and following Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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