Daily Devotional

August 12, 2014

Exodus 7: 25- 8: 15; The Plague of Frogs

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

What will it take for you to listen? I ask myself that question every time I read the Exodus narrative. I am dumbfounded by Pharaoh. We are only two plagues in, I realize, but I feel like these two plagues alone should be enough to make Pharaoh see the error of his ways. Too often our stubbornness keeps us from seeing what God is doing around us. We harden our hearts for one reason or another and refuse to see and hear God. God tries to get out attention, but we do not pay attention. Softening the heart can be difficult, but the best, most effective way, is through prayer, through bringing ourselves before the throne of grace. In so doing we begin the process of opening our eyes, ears, and spirits. Soften your heart. Come to God in prayer. God bless you.


Pastor Josh


August 11, 2014

Exodus 7: 14-24; The Plague of Blood

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is evil in the world, and while I do not want to be in the habit of passing the buck and allowing for phrases like ‘the devil made me do it,’ this evil does have a mind of its own. It can also be used by others for many things. There is a battle, if you will, between God and the forces of evil. We see it in the Exodus story. We see it here in this passage. Pharaoh’s wise men, so far, can do everything Moses and Aaron can do. We know, though, God is going to have the final victory here. We know the plagues will do their job and the Israelites will make it out of Egypt. We can have that same hope in our lives. We can have the hope of knowing no matter how hard things get God will have the final victory. Someday, all evil will be wiped away. There is hope for deliverance. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


August 10, 2014

Exodus 7: 8-13; Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is so hard to see what is in front of us when we do not want to see what is in front of us. Pharaoh and his wise men do not want to see the miracle God performs, and so they explain it away as simple magic that can be reproduced. Their hearts, as Exodus tells us, are hardened. They miss things because they do not wish to see. We ask God for miracles, for signs. Well, God gives them. All the time, all around us, God is making his presence known. We need to have the desire to see those revelations. We need to have the desire to see God and be seen by him. Open your eyes and you will see God. God bless you.

Pastor Josh