The Israelites did not listen to Moses as he told them what God was doing because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. The same is true today. Often people do not listen to what God is doing and has done because of a broken spirit and the harsh slavery of sin. The NIV translates the Israelite's condition as "discouragement and cruel bondage". I need to remember that those in sin are under the cruel bondage of the devil and the only One who can deliver them is the LORD. I cannot deliver them, but like Moses, I can go to the One who can and pray for their deliverance.
Great I AM, You have placed many people in my life who are under the cruel bondage of the devil. They are dead to who You are. Please be as gracious to them as You have been to me. You alone can deliver them from darkness and transfer them to the kingdom of Your beloved Son.
I read this incident in Jesus’ life many times before I caught the fact that it was He who was about to accomplish His departure at Jerusalem. I know God orchestrated the events of Jesus' crucifixion. Acts 2:23 says Jesus was delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God. But this passage indicates Jesus was also directing everything toward that end.
How could Peter, James and John be sleepy at a such a time? I fear there are things of great importance going on around me and just like the three disciples, I am sleepy. Then, when I do rouse from my slumber, I say or do something as foolish as Peter.
Please, Father, give me eyes to see You and what You are doing in this day and the appropriate response as a child of Yours.
Job's insights in this passage are a great encouragement to me. He expresses his inability to find God. It does not matter if he goes forward or backward, to the left or to the right, he cannot see him. Thanks be to God, we cannot find Him, so He came to find us. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen the glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Job then says even though I cannot see Him, He sees and knows me. He knows I have kept His way, His commandments have not left my lips and I treasure His word more than food. Doesn't that remind you of so many of David's psalms?
Job concludes by expressing his knowledge that God is the sovereign, immutable One, who does what He desires. Even though Job is in the dark about what is happening and why, he trusts Almighty God.
Almighty God, may I like Job trust You when I don't understand what You are doing. Thank You for coming and finding me, Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:1-33
Please Father, my desire is to not be like those you were displeased with and overthrew in the wilderness. I do not want to desire evil, be an idolater, indulge in immorality, put you to the test or be a grumbler. I do not want to think I stand when I so easily fall. Thank you for being faithful, not tempting me beyond my strength and always providing a way of escape so that I may endure the temptations of life.