Text: Exodus 4:1-17
Being afraid of the implication behind discovering our God-given assets.
Devotion: God Promises Everything We Need
Moses certainly had plenty of reasons why he couldn't do what God asked in this reading from Exodus. What if they don't believe me? I'm not a good speaker. Who should I say sent me? What's this rod good for?
Read the passage again, and this time try to imagine the emotions that were running through Moses' mind as God patiently lays out what's ahead for Moses.
Put yourself in place of Moses in this conversation. God wants you to go back to Egypt and to lead the children of Israel out of captivity. What would you say? What would your reasons be?
Moses does and says some pretty amazing things in his conversation with God. Right after God turns Moses' walking stick into a snake - a great example of God's asset-based model - Moses turns around and RUNS!!
"What's that in your hand?" God asks. "A rod," Moses replies.
"Drop it on the ground..." and Moses is Out of There!" How often do we do exactly the same thing??
God promises to give us everything we need to accomplish God's plans for us. In our wealthy American society, becoming accustomed to plenty often makes it easy to overlook our assets. God often uses the items of every day life to accomplish purposes that go far beyond our awareness.
Take a moment to write down or tell the person next to you about a time when the asset(s) you needed most were right in front of you.
Describe a time when you overlooked assets that were right under your nose.
Sometimes our first reaction to our assets is to do just what Moses did - RUN! Fear can drive us away from God has in mind, especially when what God has in mind doesn't match what we see as our future.
Describe a time that you ran from a God-given asset.
Let us pray: Gracious God, you give us everything we need to make an impact for you. Please open our eyes so that we see the assets you give us on a daily basis, even when our first inclination is to run away from them. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Stewardship Resources Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631. Any part of Salt Seasonings can be reproduced for local use with attribution.
Salt Writer, January 2004.
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