When the Heat is On

1 Apr

Exodus 8:  God directs Moses to persuade Pharaoh to let God’s people go.

Lessons for Living Today:

Decisions made “when the heat is on” are often ignored later.  Jesus on crossIn this passage Moses was obeying God in asking Pharaoh to let God’s people leave Egypt.  But Pharaoh didn’t want to lose his “slave work force” so he stubbornly refused.  Following God’s directions, and by His power, Moses brought a series of “plagues” on the Egyptians.  In this chapter three “plagues” were sent—frogs, gnats, and flies.  Pharaoh caved during the “plague” of flies and said, “take them away and I’ll let your people go.”  But as soon as the “plague” was taken away—he recanted on his decision.

While we think Pharaoh was one stubborn dude, what about us?    We live with the results of our daily decisions but are so often stubborn when it comes to making changes in what we do.  We see the result of this is our food consumption.  We may determine we are going to eat healthy but easily cave when tempted.  Or we determine we need to exercise and the days go by swiftly and we don’t do it.  At the moment we made those decisions we felt strongly about it.  What happens that we cave so easily?

It appears mankind lives for the pleasure of the moment. Aren’t we thankful that Jesus didn’t live for the pleasure of the moment?  If he would have caved when He faced the cross we would not have the hope of heaven.  His holding firm when the heat was on was motivated by His great love for humanity.  Even in the extreme heat of the cross He prayed for the forgiveness of those who put Him there.  His example encourages us to “walk as He walked,” in love and concern for others—not self.  Only one life will soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last!

God’s Question: Will you choose obedience and not stubbornness?

God’s Promise: I will not leave you when the heat is on.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for strength to keep on when the heat is on.

I am sorry I don’t always draw on Your strength.

Thank You that I am assured you love me.

Help me help others when the heat is on for them.

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