Saturday, April 05, 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Exodus 2:23-3:15
Morning Psalms: Psalms am: 107:33-43, 108
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel: Mark 9:14-29
Evening Psalms: Psalms 33

DEVOTIONAL


“When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’”
Exodus 3:4

I have never seen God through a burning bush. Sometimes I think that those in the Bible who heard the voice of God or who had face time with Jesus had it so much easier. Although I believe I have seen God at work in my life in many ways, those messages can be subtle, hidden by the evil that tries to make sure I don’t get those messages. Maybe the Bible can be my “burning bush,” a tool to help me hear the voice of God even through the voice of evil.

Moses had the burning bush, but as he walked away from it, he doubted his ability to do what God called him to do. Doubt happens to me on a daily basis. But God told Moses, “I will be with you.” That’s it. God is with me -- every minute of every day. Moses basically said, but God, look at what you have to deal with and God said, this will work. How is this any different in my life? I should be able to read this story in the Bible and apply it automatically, right? Well, it’s never that easy. Life gets in the way. Actually, I should say that evil gets in the way.

Today’s passage from Mark has a similar message. There is a boy who is possessed by an evil spirit. The father tells Jesus that he believes Jesus can save the boy, and Jesus does. I believe there is no difference between that evil spirit and the evil that is around me all day long trying to take me off task.

My prayer for this Lent is that I practice using my Bible to help me acknowledge that I believe -- so that I may be shielded from the evil that waits for me to stumble.
VAN


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