Lord, help me to pray for the leaders of our church and support them to do great things for Your Kingdom.
Read Acts 7:17-34
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“We see God as the Great Attender, the One who pays attention and calls us to attention” (Leighton Ford).
Moses was to be the leader of the Jewish nation despite resistance from his own people. The so-called defenders of his reputation conveniently forgot that he had to contend not only with Pharaoh and his army but also with the rejection of the very people he came to free. The role of savior is not an easy one, especially when your so-called allies line up with your adversaries.
From birth, Moses faced both danger and deliverance. A planned elimination of the people was thwarted, and Moses was given an upbringing that fitted him to exercise leadership. Despite the trappings of privilege, he identified with his people in their need. He was angry at the heavy burdens placed on them. Instead of supporting him, however, God’s people put their own spin on events, leaving Moses deserted! The rescuer has been rejected; people preferred the status quo of slavery to the radical call of freedom.
The second act begins at a burning bush with God’s call and commission to Moses. Despite his personal experience, Moses must put his feelings aside and respond to the needs of his people. He will be their savior, whether they want him or not. As we shall read tomorrow, Stephen stressed that once again the people of God backed the wrong side, and looked right through their savior as if expecting someone else. How easy it still is for the people of God to resent helpful leadership, and to attribute motives which may seem right, but are far from the truth. Sometimes we prefer to remain where we are. Our grumbles and groans become familiar friends. Staying put may seem safer than risking a way that could move us to a place both of blessing to ourselves and usefulness to others–but it is a sad option to choose.
Have you seen a “burning bush” recently? How can you improve your attentiveness, so you will hear God’s voice?
Lord, sometimes I do not expect to hear from You and, so, I miss Your voice. Increase my anticipation as I wait before You today.
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