Today’s Reading: Psalm 61, Exodus 5:1‐6:9, 2 Chronicles 34, Romans 1:18‐32
Psalm 61 – “from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint,” are the words that David uses when asking God to listen to his prayer at the end of verse two.
Have you ever had a faint heart? When our heart is feeling week, when we are discouraged, when we are struggling, it is good fro us to remember that God is our Refuge. He is our Rock. He can be depended upon no matter the condition of our heart.
Aren’t you glad that God’s faithfulness does not depend upon how strong our feelings are towards Him? May we ever praise His name!
Exodus 5:1-6:9 – Have you ever been frustrated with God? Moses was! At the end of Exodus 5, Moses asked God a very sincere question:
22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
Can you relate? Sometimes God calls us to do something and it goes nothing like we thought that it would. Such was the case with Moses. The Egyptian taskmasters and Pharaoh made things tougher than ever on the Israelite slaves after Moses confronted Pharaoh. But, God’s plan remained the deliverance of the Children of Israel.
When God calls us to do something, we have to continue to trust in Him; even when things seemingly get worse.
2 Chronicles 34 – What a king Josiah was! He took the throne at eight years old and reigned for 31 years. He was a godly man who got rid of the idol worship of his predecessor. He was also on the throne when the book of the Law was found. I’m stuck by Josiah’s response to hearing the book of the Law read. He tore his clothes and wept at the spiritual depravity of his nation, and the judgment promised for lawbreakers in the Torah. God showed mercy to Josiah, for the faithfulness that Josiah showed to God.
Romans 1:18-32 – Romans 1:18-32 tells the sad tale of those who exchange the things of God for the things of the world. God eventually gave the Gentiles that Paul spoke of up to their sin, and Paul speaks of the tragedy of exchanging the things of God for sin. May we not make the same mistake, and may we help rescue those who are making those mistakes before it is too late!