[CF Devotionals] 2017-12-10 - Exodus 4:18-31

Summary of Exodus 4:18-31

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There are two principles we can take from this passage. First, the spiritual well being of our family can have a significant effect on our ability to serve the Lord. It is clear if our family isn’t ready to follow the Lord’s will, we are severely hindered from following Him ourselves. I suspect this is why Paul encourages singleness, not out of opposition to marriage, but because …

“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided” (1 Corinthians 7:32–34).

Being married, God’s call to us is to care for our families.

Being single, we can focus on His specific calling alone.

Second, this passage points out the necessity of obedience to God in all things. Moses himself was put on trial and almost received capital punishment. He failed to be obedient. He stood in the docket, guilty. Paul requires obedience of the Corinthians. “For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything” (2 Corinthians 2:9).

Jesus makes the same point: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10).

If we are truly bent on service to the Lord, then we have to be responsible in the small things the Lord gives us, but even more we must live with righteousness in the little things also. We obey out of love, not out of law, but we obey nevertheless.

Remember, previously we talked of leprosy as the sin that starts out small, but if unchecked takes over the whole life. We must watch out for the small things, so we don’t find ourselves facing the anger of the Lord over the big. Better to discipline ourselves than force the Lord to do it …

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6).

Self-discipline is likely to be less painful.

Psalm 91

“O you who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the protection of Shaddai – I say of the LORD, my refuge and stronghold, my God in whom I trust, that He will save you from the fowler’s trap, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with His pinions; you will find refuge under His wings; His fidelity is an encircling shield. You need not fear the terror by night, or the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in the darkness, or the scourge that ravages at noon. A thousand may fall at your left side, ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you. You will see it with your eyes, you will witness the punishment of the wicked. Because you took the LORD – my refuge, the Most High – as your haven, no harm will befall you, no disease touch your tent. For He will order His angels to guard you wherever you go. They will carry you in their hands lest you hurt your foot on a stone. You will tread on cubs and vipers; you will trample lions and asps.

“Because he is devoted to Me I will deliver him; I will keep him safe, for he knows My name. When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will rescue him and make him honored; I will let him live to a ripe old age, and show him My salvation.”” (Psalms 91:1–16 JPS).

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All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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