Today’s Reading: Exodus 5-7
Today’s Reflection: Exodus 6:9
Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
After 400 years of oppression under Egyptian slavery Moses appears to the leaders of Israel with the good news—the deliverance they had been praying for was now at hand. This should have been cause for celebration, instead the people refused to listen. After all for generations their prayers seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. Why should now be any different?
This would continue to be Israel’s downfall. Even after they were miraculously freed from Egypt time and again Israel would turn back, even contemplating returning to slavery rather than facing the challenges of freedom and returning to the Promised Land. Such is the mindset of a broken, fearful and doubting spirit.
Over 300 times the bible says “be not afraid” (2 Chronicles 20:15), dozens more it says “be strong and courageous” (Deuteronomy 31:6), and in almost all of these instances the bible also says “remember”. Remember how God freed you from Egypt, remember how God overcame your enemies, remember what God did for you in the past and have faith He will do the same and even greater in the future.
Choose this: Faith in a God who neither rests nor fails, who is constantly at work even when it may seem like He’s not there.
Not that: Fear which causes us to focus on current circumstances blinding us to the memory of what God has done for us in the past and the promises He has made for the future.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”