Complaining Grieves the Heart

Exodus 16-18 The Israelites have been walking toward a mountain, but right now, they can only think of one thing: they are hungry, and there is only one person to blame: Moses. Paul told the Ephesians that God had blessed them with every spiritual blessing, but if Paul had been there and said that to […]

God is Patient

Exodus 12-15 Short Memories We remember in Exodus 5:2, Pharaoh had said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him by releasing Israel? I do not know the Lord, and I will not release Israel!” After ten plagues, you would have thought he would now know the true God, but Pharaoh is stubborn and […]

Questions and Answers

Gen 10-12 God is radical. He asks us to do things that seem so out of character, but we must remember the prophet Isaiah’s words: God’s plans are higher than ours. [Is 55:9]We can only see what is before us, but He can see beyond that to the purposes He has planned. Question: Why would a […]

A Promise Made is a Promise Kept

Exodus 4-6 God takes what is imperfect (in our eyes) and uses it for His glory. He wants us to see that it is His glory, not ours. And so we meet Moses as a shepherd who, like many of us, feels like they have failed in this life. They are not waiting for the […]

Encountering God in the Wilderness

Exodus 1-3 Moses shares his journey from unbelief to belief through the chronicles of those who knew him best. One particular trait stands out: The fear of man is a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” [Prov 29:25] Now a new Pharaoh arose, and his racial bias surfaced. He was […]

God is the Author of Dreams    

 Gen 41-42  The OT records two men, Joseph and Daniel, who were given the divine ability to interpret dreams. Both acknowledged that they alone could not interpret dreams but gave glory to God. Joseph wisely asked the butler and the baker, “Don’t interpretations belong to God?” [Gen 40:8] Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “There is a […]

The Avoidance Technique

Gen 38 Jacob’s son Judah recalls his part in selling Joseph to Ishmaelite traders, and every time he was in the presence of Jacob, he remembered his part but failed to acknowledge it. Unconfessed sin tears at our hearts, and if we fail to acknowledge it, we seek ways to avoid it, which is what […]