Daily Devotion Friday, January 4th

Friday, January 4, 2013 – Psalm 97; Exodus 3:1-5; Hebrews 11:23-31 and John 14:6-14

Exodus 3:1-5 – 1Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

I have always liked the story of God revealing himself to Moses out of the burning bush that was not consumed. In the story, Moses had to be paying attention to things around him and noticed the burning bush. He then went over to investigate. That is when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. I believe that we live in such a hectic time and have so many different things to stimulate our senses that we often miss those times when God appears to us. Here’s a joke I’ve enjoyed telling.

A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street in a canoe.

“Better get in, Preacher. The waters are rising fast.”

“No,” says the preacher. “I have faith in the Lord. He will save me.”

Still the waters rise. Now the preacher is up on the balcony, wringing his hands in supplication, when another guy zips up in a motorboat.

“Come on, Preacher. We need to get you out of here. The levee’s gonna break any minute.”

Once again, the preacher is unmoved. “I shall remain. The Lord will see me through.”

After a while the levee breaks, and the flood rushes over the church until only the steeple remains above water. The preacher is up there, clinging to the cross, when a helicopter descends out of the clouds, and a state trooper calls down to him through a megaphone.

“Grab the ladder, Preacher. This is your last chance.”

Once again, the preacher insists the Lord will deliver him.

And, predictably, he drowns.

A pious man, the preacher goes to heaven. After a while he gets an interview with God, and he asks the Almighty, “Lord, I had unwavering faith in you. Why didn’t you deliver me from that flood?”

God shakes his head. “What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

I once preached a sermon on Moses and the burning bush. In it I had a guy who was facing some troubles. He’d been praying to God to give him some signs of hope. A butterfly landed on his shoulder, he brushed it off. A young lad came by and offered him an ice cream cone. He said, no thanks. There was a light rain, and through the rain came the most beautiful double rainbow. He had his head bowed so low, that he didn’t see it.

Friends, God is in our midst, we simply have to open our senses unto God and watch for his appearing to us. So, today, try to slow down and smell the roses and sense where God is in the midst of your day.

This being Friday our word is patience; show patience toward another. Admit that just as God isn’t finished with you, others are not perfect and God isn’t finished with them. So be patient with others.

Besides the reading from Exodus, I’d suggest we all take a look at the reading from John. It’s one of my favorite passages.

John 14:6-14 –6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  …..  12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

What always strikes me in this is Jesus saying; 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

Wow, as we believe in Jesus the Christ, we can do greater things than he did. I’d be satisfied with doing the things Jesus did, but he says we can do greater things than he did.

Friends, believe and have faith in what Jesus says unto us. Amen.

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