Exodus 9:21 Ignoring God’s Word

A young man making a mistake by self sabotaging himself.

But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. Exodus 9:21

Ignorance is something that a lot of people like to have. They like to ignore the rules and commands that are given. Many will think that they are above the law or it does not affect them.

This action can often be seen in cities near the ocean when there is a warning of an incoming hurricane or major disastrous storm. The government will give a warning for people to leave the area for safety. Most people will leave, but there are some who do not fear the storm and think that they can weather it out safely. They refuse to follow the instructions to leave the area. Many times their homes are destroyed, some will lose their lives because they chose to ignore the command.

God had given a warning of an incoming hail storm over all of Egypt. Those who listened to God and feared Him, brought in all their slaves and livestock to safety. Those who ignored God, did not bring them into safety. The storm did come and destroyed a lot in its path, just as God had warned.

People often ignore the words of God, hoping that His word will not really occur as He said it would. For those who are not believers, this can be expected, however, many believers do the very same action. They ignore God’s word.

This can be seen in believers who choose to continue to live in sinful way. They continue to pursue a sin that God has warned them not to do. They don’t even attempt to stop sinning in a given area of their life. This is ignoring God’s commands to stop sinning and to turn to Him.

Sinning like this, is often done because they believe God will have grace upon them. Yet, the sin is done on willful purpose, ignoring God’s command.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are guilty of ignoring God’s commands. Where are you allowing sin in  your life on purpose, refusing to change and live for God?

There is a coming judgment. If you fear God, you will know that His word is true. You will take the time to strive to turn from all sin. You will allow God to change you.

Are you ignoring or following God’s commands for your life?

I pray today that you will know what God’s commands are for you; that you will live your whole life for God; that you will not live in sin against God; and that you will not ignore any of God’s commands. 

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Exodus 3:21 God’s Promise To Leave Egypt

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“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Exodus 3:21

Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled can be a difficult time for a person. During the waiting time it can be even more difficult when the person who made the promise appears to let things go even worse. It appears as if the promise will not or cannot be fulfilled.

A person promises to pay back some money that is owed. Instead of paying it back, the person borrows even more money, causing more problems and fear that the money will never be paid back.

Believers in God have read or heard many promises of God. Often people are prophesized over about something to come in their life. As they are waiting for God’s promises to come to pass, there is much trouble. During that time of trouble, they begin to doubt the promise, or get angry with God, because the promise has not been fulfilled.

The Israelites have been in captivity in Egypt for four hundred years. They had forgotten the promises God had made to make them into a great nation. However, they cry out to God for relief. God promises that He will bring them out of Egypt.

Yet, before He does, there is a lot of problems. Pharaoh does not immediately let the leave, and even makes life harder for them. After a series of ten plagues upon Egypt, they are finally released.

God had to bring the hardship upon Egypt, which in turn brought hardship upon the Israelites in order to get them the needed favor when they were released. The hardship on Egypt would be so great that when they did allow the people to leave, they gave them everything they needed as they left.

As a believer, you may have been given or read of a promise of God. As you wait for the promise to be fulfilled, things may get worse. It appears as if God forgot His promise. He did not forget. He is setting everything up to fulfill that promise in the best way possible.

When you leave this earth to receive your ultimate reward, it will be the greatest reward ever. God will answer His promise to you. Be patient and He will give you favor. The world will have to pay you back in the end.

Today I pray that you will know the promises of God in your life; that you will trust God’s promise to you; that you will wait for His timing to fulfill the promise; and that God will give you strength as you wait for the promise.

Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

Ezekiel 31:10-11 Being Cast Aside

” ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, I gave it into the hands of the rulers of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside,’ ” Ezekiel 31:10-11

God had been claiming judgment upon the nation of Egypt. He had raised Egypt up to be a great nation, one of the most powerful nations upon the earth. The Pharaoh had chosen to claim all the power for himself, as though it was his own doing. He claimed he was a god. Therefore God was going to break Egypt down.

God points the people to look at Assyria, whom God had raised up to be a really great nation. Yet, when pride got in the way of the king, God also tore the nation back down. They were destroyed because of their wickedness.

Nations and people are raised up by God to do great things for Him. The more nations and people do for God, the greater God will allow them to become. However, when either the nation or a person starts to do things for themselves or reject God’s ways, God will cast them aside.

There is no place for sin in God’s kingdom. It was because of sin in the lives of people, that Jesus came to the earth to die upon a cross. He came to remove all the sin from every person.

Sin can show up in the lives of a person in many different ways. All of the ways come down to personal pride and greed. People want things their own way, rather than following the ways of God. Many people want to be the one who is in control, rather than accepting that God is the one who is in control and allowing Him to have that control.

As you look at your life, you may not be living in some massive sinful lifestyle, but are you allowing sin in your life on purpose?

Pride and greed can show up in many different ways in your life, if you allow them to do so. Reject pride and greed and allow God to have all the credit and power. Do not give Him a reason to have to cast you aside and tear you down.

I pray today that God will use you in great ways to build His kingdom; that you will give God all the credit and power for everything in your life; and that you will not allow sin to get in the way of your relationship with God.

Isaiah 31:1 Where To Get Help

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD. Isaiah 31:1

Every person needs help at different times in their life. Finding the needed help is not always the easiest thing to do. People look for someone who is able to help them in the best way possible. The Israelites were looking to Egypt for help.

When a person has a vehicle break down, finding a mechanic that is affordable, reliable, and quick at doing the repairs is difficult. Often the person will ask others for references or they will just search the internet and read the reviews of various mechanics. Once a mechanic is found, the trust of the vehicle is put into that mechanic.

Along with finding help with vehicles, many people seek out assistance in many other ways. Searching for a job, provision of money, provision for a vacation, health care, healing, and the list goes on.

There is nothing wrong with seeking help from others, the problem comes in when total trust is put in the others first. Most people rely on others in this world for everything. They trust their large paying jobs, big bank accounts, personal influence, influence of others, the doctors, counselors, and psychiatrists.

The one that may people do not immediately go to for help and rely on first is God. Many believers go to other people first, before stopping and praying about the situation with God.

When a situation comes up in your life, where you need help, the best thing you can do is immediately stop and go to God for help. Ask Him for assistance. He can guide you to the right person for help or He can supernaturally take care of the situation Himself.

Who has a better chance at helping you: God–who is in absolute control and made everything? Or the people and things of this world–that are all temporary and can fail?

Do not go down to Egypt for help. Seek out the One who can really help you. Seek out God first in your life for every situation, whether large or small. He can and will help you.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart towards you; that you will trust God’s help and provision for your life; that you will seek out God first in your life for everything; and that you will trust in God for everything in your life.

Isaiah 19:22 A Strike, Then Repair

The LORD will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. Isaiah 19:22

Egypt was one of the many nations that God had planned to strike and break down. They had refused to follow Him, so He chose to strike them. During the process of being struck down, the Egyptians would turn to God and cry out to Him. God would hear their cries and stop the time of destruction and heal them. He would pour out blessings on Egypt in the end.

Punishment comes in many forms all around the world. It occurs with individuals, all the way up to entire nations. Most nations are very quick to punish someone for doing something wrong. The purpose of the punishment is to make the person pay for the wrong that they did.

Once the punishment is over, however, very few nations or people, strive to rebuild the person or nation back up again. Once a person is punished, most will leave that person there in the position, saying that is the price that is paid for doing wrong. The individual has to fight for himself to build himself back up.

God works in a different way. His purpose of punishment is to get the person to focus back on Him. Once the purpose is accomplished, God will build that person back up.

God listens to the cries of every person in this world. As that person cries out repentance and seeks forgiveness, God is ready to forgive and build that person back up correctly.

In your own life you must realize God may be allowing you to go through a touch time right now to get your focus back on Him. Turn to Him and allow Him to build you up.

Along with getting repaired yourself, work to build others up who have harmed you. There will be people who have done you wrong. As they seek forgiveness, give it to them. And then work to build them back up.

Those who have made bad choices in their life give you an opportunity to love and build up in Jesus. Don’t force the person to stay down. Show God’s love and mercy to them and lift them up from the mud. Allow God to use you to rebuild their lives for Him.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand to rebuild lives; that you will learn from God’s corrections in your life; that God will use you to build others up; and that you will cry out to God for your own life and the lives of others.

Exodus 14:14 God Will Fight For You

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt after doing many different great signs and wonders. It was a miracle in the way they were able to leave. God was now leading the people by appearing as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night. He led them to the edge of the Red Sea.

Shortly after Pharaoh allowed them to leave Egypt, he changed his mind and started to chase them again with his whole army. Now the people were trapped between the Red Sea and the armies of Egypt. There was no way out…that they could see.

Moses told them to not be afraid. He said God would fight for them. All they had to do was trust God and be still.

God had the plan already in place to have them do the impossible. He was going to part the Red Sea and allow them to cross it on dry ground.

In life there will be times as you follow God that He will bring you to what appears to be a dead-end. It will look like there is no more hope left, that you are going to be destroyed. These dead ends could be a sickness or some other destruction. The destruction could be physically or just spiritually, either way it is looks like the end of the line for you.

When times like this occurs, it is the time to sit back, be still, and trust God. Stop and worship God for who He is and what He has done in the past in your life. Look back on the miracles He has already done. There is nothing to big or too small for God to do. If He did it once in your life, He can do it again.

God sees the big picture. He also has a plan in place for you life.

When it looks like the end of the line for you, will you be afraid?

Or will you trust God?

Allow God to do a greater miracle in your life. He can part the waters for you in your Red Sea and fight for you.

I pray today that you will not fear anything that comes against you; that you will trust God’s plan for you; that you will trust that God will fight for you; and that God wants you to win in the end.