Obey God Even In Gloomy Times
Obey God Even In Gloomy Times: DCLM Daily Manna 5 June 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TOPIC: Obey God, Even In Gloomy Times (DCLM Daily Manna 5 June 2022)
TEXT: Exodus 6:1-13 (KJV)
1 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.
9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
12 And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?
13 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
KEY VERSE: “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt” (EXODUS 6:13).
People who have minor problems in life often find it difficult to answer questions when they call on God. But when the challenge is great, then comes the opportunity for God to do great things by His great power and fulfill His promise. It is then that God shows himself to be Almighty.
Our episode opens with God’s assurance to Moses that Pharaoh’s opposition would fall after seeing His mighty arm’s devices. Then he would be forced to drive out the Israelites from his land. God urged Moses not to give up hope, confirming His sovereignty over all mankind. He told of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and His promise to give the Israelites their land in Canaan, to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, to make them His people, and to be their God.
God’s faithfulness does not change over time. What he said to their forefathers many years earlier would be fulfilled in their day, whether they believed it or not. But that did not comfort the children of Israel because of the pain of their soul. Despite their unbelief, God sent Moses back to Pharaoh with the same message.
God does not want us to give up. Obstacles may arise, turning people away from receiving God’s word. However, like Moses, we need to keep on receiving God’s message. Instead of dwelling on negative events, do what is practical to cope with each problem and maintain a positive attitude.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Obedience counts most when success appears slim.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Chronicles 16-20
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.