A Montrose Church Lent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Lent Day 3
Today's reading: Exodus 6.1-13
When the harsh realities were taking place under Pharaoh, the people of God went to their leaders, Moses and Aaron, and put the blame for Pharaoh’s attitude and actions on them. After all, they had started the whole mess with the promise that God was on the move and that deliverance was at hand. Pharaoh acted, as narcissists do, and made life miserable for the people. Upon hearing the peoples’ complaint, Moses went to God with a question, “Why," and passed the blame onto God. "Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people?" (Exodus 5:22). Then God spoke and revealed to Moses that He had a plan.
In this world, evil will raise its ugly head and conduct itself as if it were in charge of the universe. It is not. Never forget, Church of Jesus, God is at work and His "good, pleasing and perfect will" shall be accomplished. He revealed to Moses during that prayer time, "I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant" (Exodus 6:5). God will make life so miserable for Pharaoh that Pharaoh will change his mind and plead for the Israelites to leave his nation. The problem was that Moses had to go before Pharaoh again to remind him of what God was up to.
Moses wasn’t convinced. He reminded God that he had already gone into Pharaoh’s presence once to tell him God’s plan, and it ended up being a disaster. He had gone to the people of God and told them that God had a plan and that deliverance was on the way, but the people didn’t believe him. Moses’ confidence was shaken and he said to God, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?” (Exodus 6:12)
God wasn’t convinced by Moses’ debate and said to him, "I’ve got this. Deliverance is going to happen. An Exodus is on the way. Be faithful. Be patience. In time, Pharaoh will become so disenchanted that He will beg Israel to get out."
Being the people of God doesn’t make us to escape the harsh realities of life, but it does mean that in the midst of our lives, God is working. He has not forgotten His covenant. He remembers His Word. He is not a God of slavery; He is the God of life and freedom.
Lent reminds us that the ultimate victory has not yet fully manifested itself in the world. We still live in a world with pain, tears, and suffering, and until the day of Christ’s return this is the way things will be. We’re not home yet, but don’t let your present surroundings deter you from the most profound and powerful reality the world has ever seen. God is present in the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Pharaoh’s days are numbered. God is working and there is an Exodus on the way. How do we know this? Because God always keeps His Word, and Jesus Christ is Lord.
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