Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 29 "Rest" Exodus 32-34

I will bring you rest, not only from the extraordinary trials and the overwhelming angst within,
but also I will bring you to a place that is good for you.

 “My Presence will go with you, 
and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Moses cared more about the wayward people than about himself.
Oh, to have a heart like this.

"My faces shall go with you..."
Jehovah Father - having compassion
Jehovah Son - always redeeming
Jehovah Sprit - forever interceding

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 28 "What Is My Default?" Exodus 30-32

Do we merge our beliefs with our our families, our neighbors, our community? 
Or, do we stand for what is right?
Aaron gave in to the peer pressure in the camp.  
All right.  You can default to your old way of making idols and
call it something special---call it God.  But it is not!

"Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said,
Who is on the LORD's side?" Exodus 32:26

"I am the LORD,
Who makes you holy." Exodus 31:13

It is so hard, like today, to stand up when others are sinning and separate ourselves.  May we not default to our old patterns.  Change us today.  Make us holy.


Monday, January 26, 2015

January 27 "Men Who Love Their Work" Exodus 27-29


These priests were adorned like men who count their calling, a High Privilege. 
Like men who love their work, a True Honor.
As we approach the Place of Grace in our hearts, do we feel the same?
May we clothe ourselves with doing what is right, Righteous Living.
May we adorn like men who love their work, their ministry, their calling.

"They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God." Exodus 29:46

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, my work today felt more like labor.  Change my attitude to reflect that of our High Calling, our immense privilege.  A chosen remnant.

PHOTO: The regal skies over Austin. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 26 "Eternal Redemption" Exodus 25-27

"And the Lord spoke to Moses ... "

Moses went into the midst of the cloud for a very long time.  
Moses experiences utterances too deep for words.
Moses descends and speaks only the things which God told him to specifically say to the children of Israel. 

Never before.
No house had ever existed for God.
This tabernacle, erected by Moses, will be a token of the Presence of God.
Right there smack dab next to their tents in the middle of a wilderness.
No more will they need to ask if God is with them?  He will be right there.
And the tabernacle will move with the tents.
This sacred place made with human hands are simply a "figure of the true." Heb 9:24

And one-day, today, there will be "a gospel-church pitched" by the Lord not by man.
And Christ will enter the Most Holy Place by His Own Blood,
obtaining Eternal Redemption for you and for me.  Heb. 9:12.
No more will we need to ask if God is with us.  He is right here.
Scripture interprets Scripture.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS today and forever all my days.  Because You are here.  And we move and have our very being in You.  Acts 17:28.  Oh, God! Surely You can change this heart of mine today to make me holy where I am not; to make me hungry where I am not; to make me happy where I am not.  Thank You for being right here this day.  The LORD is among us!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 25 "A Promise of His Presence in our Wilderness" Exodus 22-24

An angel shall keep them in their way.
Wondering if an angel keeps us this day.
The Israelites must face a wilderness and wanton country.
And This Presence of God is a Promise to each.
He will be with you whatever you embrace.
This blessed angel will be before your face.

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE US IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS:  You have promised us again and again that Your Presence goes with us.  May we see You this very day.  And in the still of the night, as we lay awake, may You do Psalm 16:7, counsel Us before our face.

PHOTO:  It's A Promise.  His Presence.  Our Wilderness.  

January 24 "Carried. In Love." Exodus 19-21

The intent of the passage is to take a look back at what God has delivered you from.  Then, interpret what He is saying to you this day.  Affectionate.  Strong.  Swift.  Supported.  Providential.  The pectoral muscles of the largest birds, the eagle, give great strength to the friends they carry.  Carried from all that danger of so many plagues.  Swooped to become holy.

"You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt,
and how I carried you on eagles' wings and
brought you to Myself."    Exodus 19:4

DEAR GOD, CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, Oh! That I may be able to look back and see how You have carried me to This Place where I am This Day.  A strong supported journey out of danger into Your Presence.

PHOTO:  Grasped.  Carried.  In Love.  Taken at a Moment where I know God is changing me.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 23 "What is This in My Life?" Exodus 16-18

Today, we may be doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing.  Then, in the twinkling of a blink, trouble knocks on our story.  A phone call comes.  An unexpected word from work.  And it happened to the Israelites when they pitched tent in a new town.  No water there.  And the grumbling commenced.  So, they default to stoning Moses with words and threats.  They would rather be back in Egypt with food and water than trusting God in the middle of a desert. Back in Egypt where God could take their life there but not here.  But This Providence has designed, allowed, charted cisterns that men fall into; wilderness that have dried up full; and friends who forget you in the dungeons of life.  Discontent makes us look larger on that past of ours and lesser in the present moment.  What is this that God will do here for us today---what is it?  

"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." Exodus 16:4

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE US IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, We don't see You in our suffering, do we?  We mark it off as wrong.  Well, maybe you are marking our lives for eternal purposes, for the trial of our faith.  Change us, O God.

PHOTO:  Fig Tree. Rock Lake Ranch. Just doing life. Watching things grow. And then. The shoe falls.