Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 23, 2015

by Christia Holloway

ScriptureExodus 4:10-31

I’ve always loved Bible stories about people who are not only “flawed” but who are also usually extremely reluctant (to put it mildly) to carry out the tasks that God has assigned them. You would think that Moses, who has literally just seen God’s power with his own eyes a few verses earlier, would be willing to obey God and speak on His behalf, but still he drags his feet. I find that amusing – but also oddly comforting, because if I were Moses, I probably would have felt the same way.

Over and over again God constantly assures the men and women of the Bible (just as He continues to assure us) that yes, you can actually do what I’ve asked of you! In fact, although He never promises their tasks will be easy, God is pretty insistent, reminding them that He is always with them. No wonder God gets angry when Moses continues to whine. (I could easily visualize dramatic sighs and divine eye rolling when I read this passage!)

How reassuring to be reminded that Moses and other Biblical “heroes” doubted their abilities and were just as scared and unsure then as we are about ourselves now. It is even more comforting to remember that God’s patience, presence, and power never waivers. Why is it so hard for us to have faith in ourselves when, despite all of our flaws, God has so much faith in us?

Prayer: God, help us to remember that You are always with us. Thank You for Your unyielding faith in us. Teach us to see ourselves as You see us – full of potential despite our limitations. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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