Monday, August 10, 2020

PLEASE SEND SOMEONE ELSE

Today’s Reading: Exodus 3-4

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

An image of Pharaoh and his story in Hieroglyphics. The lives of the people of Egypt and those of Israel were intertwined for 400 years.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, Click HERE.

Key Verse: Exodus 4:13

But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

 

Moses was 40 when he tried to protect his people with his own strength, killing the Egyptian who was cruel to the Hebrew workers. Now he’s 80. Instead of living as a son of the royal household of Egypt, he’s had 40 more years as a shepherd, working for his Father-in-law and raising a family. Is he ready to lead in the deliverance of the Children of Israel from slavery? According to God, “Yes.” According to Moses, “No.” Just think of all God has done to prepare Moses. There was the miraculous rescue by Pharaoh’s daughter; his Hebrew early childhood education in his parents’ home; his ongoing education in the palace in all the ways of the Egyptians; the supernatural revelation of the burning bush; the signs he asked for; the Name of God given to him, “I am that I am;” and now he still doesn’t think he’s up to the job. When God calls us, there is only one acceptable answer, “YES, LORD.” Today, let us go through the doors God opens. Failure to do so will displease God, as was recorded of Moses in Exodus 4:14.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, here I am by Your grace. May I never try to do Your work on my own. I need You desperately. I praise You for the ways in which You’ve prepared me for today’s challenges. Let’s go forward. I pray this in the Name of Jesus who obeyed You 100%. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Back in the early 1970’s at our family altar, my son Reynold, our blog photographer, prayed night after night for at least 2 weeks, “O God, please help Daddy to help those poor children in India.” Somehow his heart had been touched by their need. I would mumble under my breath something like this, “Lord, I’ve got enough to do, please send someone else.” I was awakened in the middle of the night by a very insistent telephone ringing over and over. Finally, I got up, went downstairs to the phone, and gave a half-awake grumpy “Hello.” The voice on the other end said, “David, it’s Mark Buntain in Calcutta. I’ve got 800 children to feed and school, and I’ve just received a cable message that we’ve been cut off from our funding. Can you help me?” Within a month, through our weekly Crossroads Telecast (before “100 Huntley Street”) we raised sponsors for over 1,000 children, increased the monthly amount Mark received per child, and turned the sponsors over to the organization with the lowest operational overhead costs at the time, World Vision of Canada. That experience introduced World Vision to the effectiveness of using TV to raise child sponsorships.

Yours for obedience to God’s call,

David

P.S. Over 40 years have passed since God answered Reynold’s prayers to help the children in India. He and his wife Kathy are in Africa where God has called them to teach and encourage biblical unity between followers of Jesus from various church denominations and tribes…to see people move from stranger to friend and friend to family, and also to see them bring transformation to their communities (click here for an overview of their World Embrace ministry).

15 thoughts on “Monday, August 10, 2020

  1. One of my favourite passages: Moses and the burning bush! Amen to today’s scripture, powerful message from David and prayer. God is with us, saints. He is truly with us! Evidence is all around and within us! Amen. Praying for Irene, her sisters Ollie and Stella, from yesterday’s post. Please intervene on Ollie’s behalf, Lord. God, provide for all of them as You know exactly what they need. Lay Your mighty Hand upon them. In Jesus precious Name, we pray. Amen. His blessings upon you, fellow saints in the Lord.   

    I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him. Lamentations 3:21b-28. ESV

    MY PORTION ~ Isla Vista Worship (With Lyrics)
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  2. Father God, thank You for caring for us all. You heard the cries of Your people in Egypt, and You sent Moses & Aaron to lead them out. You hear the cries of all people throughout time, and You sent Jesus to lead us out of bondage and into freedom. Open peoples ears, eyes, and hearts to hear You and know You are calling them!
    Bless every one of Your workers, Lord; give them courage and confidence in You, so they can go and do what You have given them to do, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Having a hard time getting on line today. I believe we have a lot of people working from home now in our building but it usually doesn’t interfere with the blog. I remember well when David came to World Vision where I was working at the time. He came through the front door and down to the back of the office with a great big smile on his face. He was making arrangements with Cathy for the support of the children Mark Buntain had called about. It just tripled my workload!! Every child that was sponsored went through my hands (pictures & information). I still have family working there. I haven’t been able to get into the link of WE and I could not hear the worship song that you sent Beverlee. Will have to try again later. Have a wonderful day all.

  4. Thank you Beverly for your prayers for my sisters.

    I can’t imagine the boldness with which Moses addressed God, and
    God’s patience with Moses.
    Thank You Lord for Your patience with us. Forgive us when we disobey because we feel inadequate and don’t trust You to bring us through.
    Praying for you saints of God, have a blessed day in all you do.

  5. Praying for your sisters, IRENE. May the Lord send caring, compassionate people to care for them. I pray for you, also.

    Just offered prayers for everyone, at 3 pm prayer time.

    SAH, we haven’t heard from you in a while. I pray that all is well with you.

    Asking God’s blessings on each and every blogger and your families.

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