READINGOld Testament: Exodus 3:16-4:12
Psalms: Psalms 118, 145
New Testament: Romans 12:1-12
Gospel: John 8:46-59
Evening Psalms: 145
DEVOTIONAL“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery…’ Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” (Exodus: 3:16 – 4:2)
What would I do if someone came to me and said they could tell me the future? I keep wondering how anyone would react. What would I even do about it?
Growing up, we started hearing about the effects that our actions then would have on the environment in the future. I began hearing about global warming as I entered high school, and Green Peace was all over the news. We knew that the trash we were generating in conjunction with the growing population would create global change in our own lifetimes. Yet, 30 years later, I still decide to buy a new cell phone because the old one didn’t have the apps I want, and I can’t even explain how to compost, even though it should be an integral part of my life.
Despite knowing that his people were suffering, Moses needed a direct message from God to accept that he would be the one to free the Israelites. The Egyptians didn’t want to accept change either, even with a clear message from Moses about what would happen if they ignored him. Obviously, I’m not alone in this struggle to change, even when a clear vision of the future is right in front of me.
God, backed with science, has given me a clear message about the future. I really struggle to commit, but I am working to change. Hopefully, I’ll be more Moses than Egyptian.