The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1)

Thought:

Moses kept on doing what the Lord was asking of him even in the face of total failure. His own people didn’t believe him and Pharaoh certainly didn’t. In fact, Moses’s action actively worsened life for the Israelites. But Moses had spoken directly with God. He was in no doubt of the truth of God. Imagine if God actually spoke directly to you. Imagine he did it all the time. Faced with the reality and the immensity of God, does it seem likely that you would refuse to believe in him? Does it seem likely that you would just be able to ignore it? God had chosen to reveal himself to Moses and so Moses had no ability to deny what had been revealed to him. He followed him like sheep follow their shepherd. He had all that he needed…

Word:

Exodus 5:22-6:3

Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”
Then the Lord told Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. When he feels the force of my strong hand, he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!” And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty’ —but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them.

Psalms 23:1-4 NLT

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

Goal:

The Lord had revealed himself to Moses and so he followed. Moses revealed God to Pharaoh and the Israelites with signs or miracles performed with his staff. As the psalmist says in Psalm 23:4: I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
My faith comes from having seen the truth in the word of God. The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.

Today’s readings:

Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matthew 18:21-19:12, Psalms 23:1-6, Proverbs 5:22-23

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