Sunday, March 26, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Redeeming Christ
Exodus 3:1-10
Sherine Thomas,
Long Island MTC, NY 
“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry…I know their suffering, and I have come down to deliver them…Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 
There can be times in life, even currently, when it just seems that God must not be watching or maybe God is busy with other things, because how else could X, Y, and Z be happening. If God is good, if God is just, then where is the evidence of such character? Exodus provides us with one perspective to this age old yet common question. God states His awareness and understanding of the situation, states His plan and then calls upon Moses to bring God’s people out of Egypt. At this point, one can safely assume that Moses was befuddled. 

Moses eventually displayed obedience to God’s calling despite many doubts. 
when one acts in obedience it is a testament about ones character, about ones relationship with God. When Jesus left His glorious kingdom and traded it in for a carpenters life, it had to be more than a sense of obligation or His responsibility. When Moses placed his family on standby and left his comfort zone to pursue after what God called him out into, it was due to his faithfulness to God's will.
God has a calling for all of us to step outside our comfort zones  and to follow a calling that every fiber of our being probably wants to resist. This is not a means to escape from reality or from fulfilling our God ordained responsibilities. This is not to demean our daily efforts or roles. Rather, sometimes there’s growth and foundation that needs to be laid, before we are ready to lead our flock to the “far side of the desert”. However, we need be alert to Gods call , because we never know when and how our “burning bush” might appear.  So when we do go out to seek the unknown, will we be ready to step beyond our familiar boundaries? Will we be ready to lead the battle for God?

PRAYER

Abba, as we spend these days remembering Your sacrifice, we pray that we show that love daily. Help our hearts not to remain complacent, but help us to redefine and transform our surroundings. May our hearts be on fire for Your will. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen! 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…there comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King Jr.