February 12, 2021
Exodus 6:1
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
New International Version (NIV)
If we always knew what God knows, we would always want what God wants.  Our problem is we have a point of view and God just has view . . . comprehensive, 20-20, perfect, all encompassing view.

Moses and Aaron represented the Lord to a man who thought he was God.  In his arrogance, Pharaoh dismissed the Lord.  I saw a T-shirt recently which said, “Underestimate me.  That’ll be fun.”  Pharaoh was underestimating the Lord and it was not going to be especially fun for him.

We probably should not be surprised when people who don’t know the Lord underestimate him.  What is surprising is how many people who say they know God still underestimate him.  Moses comes to mind.  He has already encountered the Lord and come to know him by name.  He has seen miracles which God gave him to get Pharaoh’s attention.  Still, after Pharaoh dismissed them unceremoniously, Moses wants to give up.  Already.

“Now you will see what I will do with Pharaoh,” the Lord says.  God not only wants Pharaoh to see, but Moses also!  “Not only will Pharaoh let my people go.  He will drive them out of his land,” says the Lord.  God is confident that he can change Pharaoh’s mind.  In the plagues and miracles, God not only captured Pharaoh’s undivided attention, but he also revealed his power to Moses and his people.  In the challenges which the Israelites would face, the signs Moses and Aaron had performed would give them confidence in God’s mighty power. 

Wait before the Lord today.  Watch him at work in the world around you.  What is God trying to say?  How have God’s past blessings in your life grown your trust in him for the future?
Pray with me:         
Father, even today the enemy tempts us to despair.  Our hand-wringing is apparent.  We have almost convinced ourselves that nothing good will come of our present situation.  Show us your glory today, God.  Do something in and through us that you alone can do.  Then give us the trust to thank you for the sufficiency of your grace.  You are all we have ever really had and you have always been enough.  You still are.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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