Faith with Feet
Jesus, I want to follow You in my thoughts, actions, attitudes and intentions. Speak to me today.
Read Exodus 4:18–31
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.
29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
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ReflectWhat does this verse mean to you: “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12)?
Faith is far more than intellectual assent. Biblical faith demands costly, risky action. True faith has feet, feet that are prepared to “walk the talk.”
Fresh from his burning-bush encounter, Moses makes haste to obey God. His obedience entails uprooting his family and stepping out of his comfort zone in Midian (18–20). For Moses, Egypt was not just the place he had fled from in fear of his life, but it was also the place where he would face a series of risky confrontations with a harsh and hard-hearted ruler (21–23).
Aaron similarly responds to God’s word by going out to the desert to join his brother in this risky mission (27). When Moses and Aaron make known God’s words, the Israelite elders “believe”—and their faith is expressed in worship (31).
Does my faith have feet which go where God sends; hands which do what God demands; eyes which view situations from God’s perspective; ears which are attuned to God’s voice; lips which dare to proclaim God’s truths when it is neither politically nor socially expedient to do so?
What is something practical you can do today to show others that you are a follower of Jesus?
God, reveal areas in which my faith needs to grow feet.
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