Friday, August 10, 2018

PLEASE SEND SOMEONE ELSE

Today’s Reading: Exodus 3-4

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

An image of Pharaoh and his story in Hieroglyphics. The lives of the people of Egypt and those of Israel were intertwined for 400 years.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, Click HERE.

Key Verse: Exodus 4:13

But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

 

Moses was 40 when he tried to protect his people with his own strength, killing the Egyptian who was cruel to the Hebrew workers. Now he’s 80. Instead of living as a son of the royal household of Egypt, he’s had 40 more years as a shepherd, working for his Father-in-law and raising a family. Is he ready to lead in the deliverance of the Children of Israel from slavery? According to God, “Yes.” According to Moses, “No.” Just think of all God has done to prepare Moses. There was the miraculous rescue by Pharaoh’s daughter; his Hebrew early childhood education in his parents’ home; his ongoing education in the palace in all the ways of the Egyptians; the supernatural revelation of the burning bush; the signs he asked for; the Name of God given to him, “I am that I am;” and now he still doesn’t think he’s up to the job. When God calls us, there is only one acceptable answer, “YES, LORD.” Today, let us go through the doors God opens. Failure to do so will displease God, as was recorded of Moses in Exodus 4:14.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, here I am by Your grace. May I never try to do Your work on my own. I need You desperately. I praise You for the ways in which You’ve prepared me for today’s challenges. Let’s go forward. I pray this in the Name of Jesus who obeyed You 100%. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Back in the early 1970’s at our family altar, my son Reynold, our blog photographer, prayed night after night for at least 2 weeks, “O God, please help Daddy to help those poor children in India.” Somehow his heart had been touched by their need. I would mumble under my breath something like this, “Lord, I’ve got enough to do, please send someone else.” I was awakened in the middle of the night by a very insistent telephone ringing over and over. Finally, I got up, went downstairs to the phone, and gave a half-awake grumpy “Hello.” The voice on the other end said, “David, it’s Mark Buntain in Calcutta. I’ve got 800 children to feed and school, and I’ve just received a cable message that we’ve been cut off from our funding. Can you help me?” Within a month, through our weekly Crossroads Telecast (before “100 Huntley Street”) we raised sponsors for over 1,000 children, increased the monthly amount Mark received per child, and turned the sponsors over to the organization with the lowest operational overhead costs at the time, World Vision of Canada. That experience introduced World Vision to the effectiveness of using TV to raise child sponsorships.

Yours for obedience to God’s call,

David

P.S. Over 40 years have passed since God answered Reynold’s prayers to help the children in India. He and his wife Kathy are in Africa where God has called them to teach and encourage biblical unity between followers of Jesus from various church denominations and tribes…to see people move from stranger to friend and friend to family, and also to see them bring transformation to their communities (click here for an overview of their World Embrace ministry).

6 thoughts on “Friday, August 10, 2018

  1. Here to read and say YES to God when called to. In Jesus name not of my own strength for His standards are much higher. Holy Spirit power,amen

  2. I am acquainted with an inspiring young man in Rwanda,through FB,who put himself through university graduating with a degree in Agraculture.My best friend was able to help him financially.He was part of the young Christian team who lost members in the massacre in Uganda a year or 2 ago but was not on site at the time.I have felt for a long time that his path will cross with WE but it is not yet a strong feeling.
    Water should be a key goal in development in arid countries.Imagine Moses,at 80,journeying back to Egypt on a mission to free God’s people,not knowing what he and Arron were in for but knowing God had their backs.When you say yes to God the reward is well worth the effort.Moses did not have hind site.We have the Old and New testaments to guide us.Hope yall have a good day.God bless

  3. I can certainly relate to Moses’ reluctance: It is hard to remember that when God calls us, He will be there with us through it all:
    Its a matter of Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to “Trust and Obey”!!

    Lord, I pray please send rain to cool this land of Canada. Thank you Jesus, Amen!!

  4. Yes Lord hear Irene’s prayer! Yes Lord we ask You to provide rain to put out all the fires and help new growth, Thank you Lord for all the blessings of this day!
    In Jesus Name we Pray amen

    P.S.
    still have to type in our name & e mail…..I pray the technicians catch this problem.
    Thank you Lord…..

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