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God’s Patience, Our Listening

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Exodus 9:1–35

CharlieBrownWe should be listening. The high cost of not listening to instructions could ruin you; and in some cases, the individuals and the nation around you could also fall. Throughout today’s Scripture Resource passage, the sovereign will of God rises into view. The revelation occurred in the days of long ago (Exodus 7-9).

God’s patience is timely. God’s grace is precise. Testing God’s limits leads us on a fraught-filled path of potential destruction which in Egypt included infestations, thundering-hail-driven storms, blood-filled waters, ruined crops, and more—actually, much more. Disaster would soon arrive because few people were listening and God’s patience finally spoke, “Enough.”

If you counted your way through the opening chapters of Exodus, you will read about the plagues. Ten divinely directed disasters. The recording begins in Exodus 7 and extends through Exodus 11. We should be listening.

God’s election and sovereign will, are on full display. There is more here than a few words in today’s reflection can accommodate. Consider investing your time in parsing out the details and you will probably meet more than one puzzle. However, there is no puzzle regarding one sure application.

As it was in the days of Moses our discipleship commitment includes listening. God speaks through Scripture. God speaks through the Spirit. God speaks through spiritual leaders. God speaks through creation. God speaks and is not silent. We should be listening.

Listening to God is not always a fun experience for truth is spoken, but listening and obeying God’s instructions is part of who we are. We are disciples. We call Jesus Lord. We believe God is in charge and we are not. We believe God knows best and we do not. Therefore, we listen to learn how to live. God is here and is not silent. We should be listening.

Life Applications

What helps you listen, deeply listen to God’s voice?

When thinking about your life in what ways has God spoken to you in the past?

~ajs

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"Your word is truth," said Jesus to his Father (John 17:17). We want to build our lives on this truth. The Bible is God's self-revelation, given to us so that we can know him and his Son Jesus.