SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2023 (NOT A HOOF CAN BE LEFT BEHIND)
TOPIC : NOT A HOOF CAN BE LEFT BEHIND
Opening Prayer: My dear heavenly Father, as I study your word, let it be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Scripture: Exodus 10:21-29
Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
Pharaoh’s decision to do God’s will was very weak. His self-will was so weak that it swung with situations and circumstances. He would determine to obey God’s will when things were convenient and comfortable for him and the economy. As soon as he got what he wanted, he turned to his old ways again, refusing to let God’s people go. How common is this behaviour among people of our days? “Be not deceived” Paul warned his audience, “God is not mocked. A man reaps whatever he sows” (Galatians 6:7).
A question may come to mind as we continue with the story of Pharaoh: Is God really fair to Pharaoh to harden his heart and then punish him for refusing to let the people go? All humans are free-moral-agents. God does not force us to do His will as we would drive our cars or horses. He gives us the freedom of choice to serve Him or refuse to do that. Pharaoh hardened his own heart by choice. He already had enough of national wealth the Israelites produced for his country.
He stood to lose nothing if he let go of the cheap lab our for economic reason. His lab our and employment policies were also very inhuman and cruel. Oppression should be discouraged at every level whether in the Church or government.
And So? How do you treat your employees, whether at home, in the office, Church or ministry?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Dear Lord, give us good leaders who would be genuinely concerned about the welfare of the people.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 23:6