Devotional on Exodus

What an offer
Exodus 19: Everything God says, we will do.
The miracle at the Red Sea has provided a deliverance that will be remembered forever. However, what’s about to happen is intended to form these newly freed slaves into a people of God. They’re camped at the foot of Sinai and the Lord is stating his plan for them. If they’ll listen obediently to his words they’ll be a unique people on the face of the earth: a kingdom of priests who enjoy the blessings of the Almighty. The elders of Israel immediately respond that “everything God says, we will do.” I know that I’m standing at the beginning of what will be a long, failure-filled journey. They won’t even break camp at Sinai before there’s a massive spiritual failure. Still, if I stop looking ahead and simply consider this exchange, I’m impressed by what I see. First, The Lord’s making the wonderful, amazing promise of connecting their lives to his. They don’t deserve it but in an amazing act of grace the offer is made. Second, they say “yes.” Again, I know that many failures are coming, but in this time and place, when God offers them this unlikely partnership, they respond with just the right answer. In spite of the fact that I know things aren’t going to always work out as they should I also remember here that had they said, “No” the story would end here and now. In saying “yes” to God they open the door to an unprecedented relationship with him. To some extent, all human beings receive this same offer from the Lord. We can respond that we’re not worthy or that it’s too hard or that we’re likely to fail. Know what? He already knows all that. Still, the offer is there. When the Lord calls my name, I can respond no better than these ancient Israelites did: “Everything God says, we will do.”
Take Away: I can’t do better than saying the “big yes” to the Lord.

2 responses to “Devotional on Exodus

  1. Sandi Thomas Preddy

    I just recently found your devotional link (via a comment on Living the RV Dream) and have been so blessed with your insight. I’ve shared several of your devotions with family. It is a wonderful reminder that, regardless of our age, whether we are retired or working, that God can still use us to minister to others. I hope, once we FINALLY sell our home and buy our RV, we will meet along the way somewhere. Missing our home church is one of the things I don’t like about full time RV’ing, but I know God will use that to his advantage also. I notice a comment that you are settled at the San Jac monument in La Porte. We are on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, so we’re almost neighbors. Have a blessed day.

    • Thanks so much Sandi – yours is one of the nicest comments I’ve ever received. Wishing you the best in your future plans.

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