I would like to first apologize to the two or three of you that may read this. I have been away from here for a while. Summer has been keeping me busy at work and at home.
Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
“When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”
God replied, “I am who am.”
Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
I AM sent me to you.”
God spoke further to Moses, “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.
“This is my name forever;
this my title for all generations.
“Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
has appeared to me and said:
I am concerned about you
and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Thus they will heed your message.
Then you and the elders of Israel
shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
“The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
Permit us, then, to go a three-days’ journey in the desert,
that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.
“Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
After that he will send you away.”
There are a lot of people in this world that are like Moses. They work hard, try and live a good moral life and do the right thing, but do not know God. Moses didn’t know God. He knew the Egyptian gods, but did not know God. The Egyptian gods were made up and created by the Egyptian people to remedy whatever situation they found themselves into at the time. They had a god for this, and a god for that. They idolized their gods into things like animals and celestial objects. The Israelites had one God, the true God of their fathers. Yet after years of being slaves in Egypt, and being indoctrinated into the Egyptian religions, they had all but forgotten their God. But God had not forgotten them.
In many ways we have become like the Egyptians today. We as a society don’t worship the one true God like we use to. We have created idols and gods in our own image to satisfy and appease our own desires. Many of us think that if we could get close enough to “touch their cloak” (Matthew 9:21) we can be like them or something magical will rub off of them and on to us. We failed when we were younger to make it to the big time as athletes, so now we have our children live out our dreams for us whether they want to or not. We would rather make sure our kids got into the next big basketball tournament than to make sure we got to church on Sunday. We sacrifice precious time with our kids to work a second or third job to make more money. Why do we have to make more money? To pay for the $30,000 boat and the $60,000 camper that you may only use 12-20 days out of the year. And why did you need to spend that? To make it appear to your neighbors (who probably couldn’t afford their setup either) that you were somebody. That you were going places. Is that what God really wants? Or is that what you think God wants for you?
Moses didn’t know God, but God revealed Himself to Moses and told him what to say to the Israelite people. To tell them who God was. Do we give God the attention that is due to Him? Do we spend the same amount of time with him as we do at practice? If a Christian prayed as much as they practice, imagine what you could do with that faith? Do we spend as much time sharing the faith to others as we do keeping up with the Hollywood gossip? If we did, we could bring more people to Jesus and make this world truly a better place. Do we really need to buy the newest, biggest, and the best to impress our neighbors when we could just as well impress them with our own generosity of a neighborly meal and friendship? I am sure that there will be a few of you who will have their feathers rubbed the wrong way. But just remember that Jesus rubbed a lot of feathers the wrong way too.
Thought for the day: Who is God to me? What has God done for me?