DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, [a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
THEME: GRACE IN THE LAW
WORDS OF HOPE:
As Moses approached the burning bush, God warned, ‘Do not come any closer.” God restrained Moses with good reason. God knew that an unholy man approaching Him would face death. So His words which seem to reject are actually words of love, not unlike a parent`s warning to a child to be careful near a fire. Whiles the words speak compassion, they also remind us of the contrast between God`s law and God`s grace.
Law says: “Do not come any closer. You are not worthy.” But Grace declares, “I have made you worthy, through Jesus”. God`s grace calls us to come. Let us praise Him for His law that somberly warns, and for His grace that softly welcomes. Come, for all is well. Jesus has come to earth so that we might come to God. Lent is a good time to come closer to God.
· Pray for understanding of Scriptures.
· Pray for God`s grace in action.
· Pray for God`s guidance.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for a new day full of your promises. I pray for grace in every endeavour of my life. Let your grace abound in Jesus name.