Good morning and happy October! 🍂🍁🍃🍂🍁 Today we continue to read the story of Moses and his interactions with God, the Pharoah, and his own Hebrew people. I catch myself being Moses frequently in this story...I wonder if you feel the same? Share what sticks out to you in the comments below.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach you about God?
What does this teach you about humanity?
What does this teach you about creation?
What does this teach you about yourself?
As stated above I catch myself being Moses frequently in this story. Moses makes excuse after excuse after excuse to not do something even when he has the privilege of standing right in front of God, talking to God, and being the first to hear God's name. But I also feel inspired and loved by God because of who God chooses to work with. Moses isn't a 10/10 perfect person with the best traits in the world. He is insecure and scared, but God works through authentic people - not necessarily the best / most qualified person. A part that stuck out to me is when God tells Moses to grab the snack by the tail. Anyone familiar with handling snakes knows to grab it from behind the head so it doesn't whip back around and bite you. So I have learned that to be a person of faith also means taking risks. Further, I am reminded that being a leader comes with adversity, even from those that you are trying to help. Moses is tasked with speaking truth to power and it causes setbacks for the people he is trying to help. But the path to deliverance isn't always easy, but it's always worth it. This is my encouragement for myself, for Rev. Joyce, and for our congregation as we navigate our own vision and future for the church.
God, use me even when I am scared. Christ, redeem me when I doubt. Spirit, renew me when I feel weary. Let my prayer be like David's, a prayer of praise for all the ways you have been my light in darkness, my rock in windy weather, my strength in weakness. Let me boast of you not only in word but may my actions be their own form evangelism today so that everyone I encounter knows the love of God through me. In these things, I pray, Amen.
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Devotional prepared by Nicholas W. Gliha, associate pastor at Chagrin Falls UMC on September 28th 2020