Daily Reading & Prayer
Don't Cave Under Criticism
Exodus 5:21-6:1, “And they said, ‘May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.’ Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Why, Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and You have not rescued your people at all.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of My mighty hand he will let them go; because of My mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’”Although we may not hear God audibly, there are times we know with absolute certainty what He's asking us to do. If it's a sin issue, it might be something clearly commanded in Scripture. Or, it might be something the Holy Spirit has convicted us of, and wise believers in our lives have affirmed.Moses received clear directions and had a great opportunity to glorify God in the Israelites' deliverance out of Egyptian slavery. But that deliverance was not immediate, and as their workload increased, they became critical of Moses. So, he turned with an attitude of frustration to God, questioning why He’d sent him there only to bring trouble.God had a plan, and because Moses followed through with God’s commands, he was used in a mighty way. When God leads you to do something, don't cave to criticism or opposition — follow through with your commitment and be used for His glory!
God, I want my life to be used for Your glory. Whatever You ask of me, wherever You call me to go, l want to obey. I choose to follow You, not the voices of criticism that threaten to distract me from Your purposes. I'm all Yours. In Jesus' name, Amen.