Do You?

You identified Yourself as the good shepherd who cares for the sheep. You know the ones who are Yours, and they know You. They never follow another voice because all others lead to danger and death. Only with the Shepherd can they find safety.

In our day, so many people want to widen the gate. They may accept You, Jesus, as a good man, but they also welcome the other deities or rituals people rely on to try to get closer to You, claiming all efforts to reach God are equally worthy. But You say Your own sheep know better. They know the voice of their Shepherd who has told them there is only one way to the Father. We enter his grace through You alone. It is only in Your pastures that we find abundant and eternal life.

 

You Walk With Me

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12

With Your Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, I am changed. The apostle Peter tells me, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10); my former sins and my past lose their luster in light of Your incredible goodness. As I take in more of that light through repentance, Scripture-reading and prayer, I start to see Your hand in the details of my day—and the world around me. Just as You promised, You are with me wherever I go. You, the God of all creation walks with me, and I grow to be like You.

Quit Trying So Hard

Equip me to share with others that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. The world needs to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up the deficit. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

Why Should I?

Sometimes I become unconcerned about obeying You and living Your way instead I focus on my way. You have clearly shown me Your way, through Your Word and the life of Jesus. You always have good reasons for Your commands, and I court disaster when I carelessly or deliberately disobey You.

Lord, I want to be conformed to the image of your Son and follow You way. As I take time to read Your Word, please open my mind and heart by Your Spirit to understand who You truly are. Then help me to follow You with an undivided heart in the way that pleases You most.

You Choose Me

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”Exodus 3:11–12

She could have given up. After all, countless other Hebrew mothers had felt the sting of Pharaoh’s order that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Who was she to think her baby should escape this fate? But Moses’ mother believed in the one who controlled everything—even the direction her basket floated as it carried her baby down the Nile and into the princess’s arms.

When Moses was older, the same question loomed before him. Who was he to be the one to free the Hebrew nation? What made him special enough to earn Pharaoh’s attention and Israel’s allegiance?

You, God, made the answer simple in Your address to Moses from the burning bush. It is never my own personal strength that earns me a place in Your divine plan. You choose my role and then equips me with Your Spirit to bring it to pass. My work is in believing You to be who You say You are and trusting You will accomplish through me whatever You have called me to do.

 

 

 

 

What If I Mess Up?

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”Exodus 4:11–12

Moses wasn’t looking for a burning bush. But there it was, blazing away in his path—in the middle of the desert.

Moses wasn’t looking for a sign from You, God, because life was finally “normal” for him. Having escaped into anonymity from his former life as Egyptian royalty, he was very content with his plain-but-comfortable surroundings. His family, his job as a shepherd—his life was predictable and safe.

But You were calling him to a much bigger mission than the wilderness of Midian could afford. It would mean risk. Even danger. Worse still, the possibility of failure. So Moses answered You the same way I often do when You call me out of my comfort zone.

What if they don’t believe me? What if they won’t listen? What if I mess up? And ultimately, who am I to be the one for so great a task?

Your answer to Moses is the same for me. It’s not who I am, it’s who You are. It wasn’t about skills or abilities or persuasion or looks or money. It was about You, the One who is the great “I am,” the Creator and sustainer of the universe, who is more than able to make my obedience matter in Your kingdom. I will trust the great I Am!