Just A Girl

Do you ever feel that your life doesn’t matter – that you’re just a girl or just a guy going through the motions of life? That your life has no meaning? Maybe someone has mocked your existence or your calling? Don’t listen to them. It’s a lie.

Your heavenly Father loves you and wants you to seek His truth. Truth is – you are not just a girl or just a guy, but you are a child of God. His truth tells me and you, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NASB). 

You are a child of God living in His light. He has placed you today in the place where He wants you. Shine bright no matter where you are – He is doing great things through your life! 

Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

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You Were There In The Midst Of It All

He thought he had escaped his past and hidden well in his new hometown of Midian. Life back in Egypt had been both hard and good. Good in that Moses enjoyed the privileges and education of royalty as an adopted son in Pharaoh’s kingdom. Hard, because he never forgot his true heritage. He was an Israelite by birth, and it had pained him terribly to see his own people so badly abused. In their defense, one day he killed a cruel Egyptian taskmaster who was tormenting a fellow Hebrew. The loyalty cost him his royal position and he fled to Midian to start a new life—an easier one. The sheep he tended there never argued or fought. They simply followed his lead, and life became good again.

Then You, God, showed up, blazing in a bush along Moses’ path, his life flaming with Your passion. “Go set my people free,” You commanded. Fear attacked from all sides. How could Moses say no to a holy God? But how could an ordinary shepherd deliver a nation?

“Send someone else,” he countered. But You would not have it. You had chosen Moses from before birth for this task, equipped him in ways he hadn’t even understood. Eventually, Moses began to see. The great I AM would be everything he could need, his own inadequacies insignificant in Your light—powerful, just, and compassionate— leading through him.

So Moses obeyed, step by step, and Israel’s history changed forever. Through ten disastrous plagues, You demonstrated Your supremacy over worthless Egyptian idols. Then leading Your people on dry land through a parted Red Sea, You sealed Egypt’s attempt to recapture the Israelites by drowning all who pursued them.

The Israelites slowly realized they were a people again—Your people, freed from former bondage to worship the One who delivered them. Moses as mediator received Your commands for holy living, instructions for the Tabernacle. He explained to Your people what it meant to have fellowship with You, a righteous God…what it looked like for their relationship to be restored, to be one again.

At Exodus’ conclusion, they built the Tabernacle, and Your glory descended to fill it. You had come to dwell with Your people, to love and lead them through life. Your cloud by day and fire by night reminded Moses and all Your people: The great I AM always has been and forever will be the one you need.