Wednesday Word 7.01.2020

Exodus 19:2-8 New International Version
2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

I have the very best intentions. Late at night, as I contemplate my plans for the new day, I intend to do better. In the morning, as I get ready to meet the day, I have the best intentions. I ask God to help me to be a certain way or do a certain thing, because it is my fervent wish to do better. It reminds me of the old joke about starting a new diet on a Monday. You intend to put new choices into play from here on out…until about Wednesday. We all know where that road paved with good intentions leads!

The Israelites had experienced the hand of God intervening on their behalf in miraculous ways. They intended to do better. They didn’t always do a very good job. Neither do we. God may not have parted the waters of the Mighty Ohio for me to cross, but I can look back at my life and see many of the ways that God has blessed me. I can see times when things could have gone horribly wrong. I can see times when they did, and yet I survived. I can see times when my life overflowed with blessings. If we focus on the faithfulness of our Lord, the mercy he shows us over and over again, we simply must do better. We must allow the Holy Spirit to help bring those good intentions to fruition. If we want to be God’s “treasured possession,” then we must do instead of intend…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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