July 26, 2020 CAC Living Water Daily Devotional :- WHEN YOU FEEL ABANDONED (1)
WHEN YOU FEEL ABANDONED (1)
Read: Exodus 2:11-22
Exodus 2:11-22 One day, after Moses was grown, it happened that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of [Moses’] brethren.
He looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
He went out the second day and saw two Hebrew men quarreling and fighting; and he said to the unjust aggressor, Why are you striking your comrade?
And the man said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? Then Moses was afraid and thought, Surely this thing is known.
When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh’s presence and took refuge in the land of Midian, where he sat down by a well.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock.
And when they came to Reuel [Jethro] their father, he said, How is it that you have come so soon today?
They said, An Egyptian delivered us from the shepherds; also he drew water for us and watered the flock.
He said to his daughters, Where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.
And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom [expulsion, or a stranger there]; for he said, I have been a stranger and a sojourner in a foreign land.
MEMORISE: And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom [expulsion, or a stranger there]; for he said, I have been a stranger and a sojourner in a foreign land. (EXODUS 2:21-22)
Sometime, our awareness of God is so weak that we conclude that He is distant and far removed from us! When that happens, we must remember that feelings is not a fact. So, how should you deal with your feelings in such situations?
Moses had grown up He was now 40 years old (Acts 7:23), having killed an Egyptian, he ran away to the land of Midian; a dry and desolate place that formed a stark contrast to Moses’ former home in the Royal Court. There, he became a stranger in a foreign land, separated from his known home and family. The Priest of Midian, whose name is ‘Reuel’, meaning a “friend of God,” also called ‘jethro’ (Exod. 3:1), meaning, “his excellency”, gave Moses one of his daughters who bore him a son with the name that reminded him of his personal situation ‘a stranger in a foreign land.’ Nevertheless, he trusted God for his future. ..He persevered because he saw h who is invisible (Heb. 11:27).
So, remember this when you feel abandoned by God: you are NOT Alone! In spite of the dark past and his seemingly bleak future, Moses didn’t give up, and you mustn’t, too! When it looks like everything and everyone is against us, and you feel like running away from people, and staying alone in the desert, there is a Reuel a friend of God, waiting to receive and comfort you. You are not alone; God will connect you to your Reuel.
Self-examination is necessary (2 Cor. 13:5) and sensitivity to what God is saying through any of His ways (Psa. 51:5-15). Once the Holy Spirit agrees with your spirit that you are His and are doing His will, there is not condemnation; ride on, you are not alone. Learn from others.
1. Thanks the Lord for those faithful friends that God directed to you in your moments of weakness and helplessness.
2. Pray that as the Lord lives, you will still see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
3. Lord, help all believers to live lives of faith in You not living by feelings.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Job12-13; James 5