Friday, February 15, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Exodus 6:1-13; and Acts 7:35-42
The Israelites didn’t exactly enjoy their time in the wilderness. They complained against God the entire time. The water wasn’t to their liking. The food wasn’t good. They kept trying to fire Moses and return to slavery. That just goes to show how deceived we can be sometimes.
God was determined to bring them into something better than what they had known before, but they just didn’t want it. Ultimately, God allowed the older generation to die in the wilderness, while preserving the younger ones. This wasn’t an ageist move – had the children been the ones doing most of the griping, they would have been the ones to be left behind. The older ones were the leaders, and they were the examples. God can’t work if people won’t follow, so he had to wait for them to get out of the way before he could do something great.
Don’t be like the parents, complaining about every new thing God does. Be open to the move of the Holy Spirit. Allow God to change you, your family, and your church so that you can enter into his promise. Because his promise is far better than going back to Egypt ever could be. Forget the “golden years” that are now over. Focus on the future and the blessings that God has promised. Write your own prayer.