March 21, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 9

IS GOD TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION?

Maybe He is. Or maybe He already has your full attention. I won’t presume upon your life, but I know that at times in my life, He’s had to shake my world up so that I would stop and recognize that He is the Sovereign God of the universe.

But what if He is trying to get your attention, right now, today, through the reading of Exodus 9? God is a jealous God, and He is serious about having your undivided attention.

In today’s reading, God shows us the side that many of us don’t like to talk about: His jealous wrath. God loved His people, the Israelites, and He loved His servant Moses. He wanted them to be free. He had a plan and purpose for them. Moses challenged Pharaoh face-to-face and told Him about the Lord. He even warned him of the consequences of disobeying the Lord. Pharaoh, whose heart was hardened, chose not to obey and thus came the onslaught of plagues. In chapter 9, we encounter the death of the Egyptian livestock, the plague of boils, and the plague of hail. Pharaoh, confident in his own power and believing in his own divinity, refused to let the Israelites go. The vicious cycle of disobedience led to more and more pain and reproof.

The crux of what I want to drive home is this:
Even when God turned up the heat, Pharaoh refused to give Him his full attention and compliance.

Has this statement characterized your life at times? Is it true now?

Today, my challenge to you is simple: stop. Tell the Lord that you are 100% focused on Him. Give him your undivided attention. Give Him total devotion. Should you choose not to, know that God may turn the heat up in your life to bring you back to Him.

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “March 21, 2016”

  1. I can be stubborn, so certainly the old adage of “you won’t change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change” has been true in my life.

    During the plague of boils, it says that the Lord hardened Pharoah’s heart. That’s odd because in the other plagues Pharoah hardened his own heart. I wonder if there are times in life where God allows us to resist change just long enough to insure that the ensuing change is permanent.

    1. Thanks, Todd! I think the little distractions are just as destructive as being distracted with big problems or sin. Thanks for the challenge this morning!

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