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Exodus 10:1-12:13

Some quick thoughts on today’s Old Testament reading.

And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was exceedingly great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and of the people.
(Exodus 11:3 AMP)

Leadership can get you in trouble by the choices they make. Moses had favor in Egypt with the Egyptians but not the Pharaoh. Can the words in the above verse be made in your corporate organization, country, city, town, village, church and household about the effect and affect you are having on those submitted to you? Just change the name Moses, Egypt and Egyptians and then fill in the blanks. Those of us on this site who are in leadership positions should stop and ask themselves the question: How am I leading? What am I leading the people under me into? Am I being stubborn refusing to lead by way of the Master causing destruction and suffering by my decisions, or am I closely listening to the voice of God and truly serving my customers, citizens, and employees? Is there a Moses in your organization proclaiming warnings that the people respect but you are ignoring? Just something to think about. Hard hearts are not a phenomenon to Ancient Egypt.

And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]. I am the Lord.
(Exodus 12:11-12 AMP)

Hearing the voice of God and obeying immediately. Being prepared to escape from our captivity should be something we must always strive to maintain. There was a window of opportunity that was getting ready to open up and Israel had to be ready. I have known that voice of immediacy, sometimes followed it, and sometimes I didn’t. For the times I did not heed, I really do not know where that path to freedom would have led me. The text doesn’t say if any were left behind, but what left out of Egypt, as we will read, was a “mixed multitude (12:38).” Not only did those who the message was directed to taste that freedom, but the people who observed those given the message, those in the “mix” got in on the deal. So not only are we to listen to that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), but if we fail to do so we need to keep an eye out for those who do.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

P.S. Could it be that getting into the Word, "Seeking First The Kingdom ..." is the key to staying in Balance? Hmmm

Struck by Jesus' words in MT 20:16 today "So the last will be first, and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few chosen." Reminded me of Jesus' previous words from our MT 7:14 reading: "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and tere are few who find it."
Note to Self: Better start getting my act together! But from God's grace described in the Parable of the Vineyard reading today, maybe there's still time for me to get on the 'straight and narrow' path.

I am more in alignment with Ramona's last few comments: Getting in the Word, "Seeking First the Kingdom..." is most likely the key to staying in Balance! I wouldn't say I have everything totally together in my life. However, I read my bible and devotions every morning, and I have a Daily Planner that I write in daily and keep tasks in that needs accomplishing and I journal info. each day from the bible and what I go through or am praying for each day and I am a wife, mom, child of living God, sister, life group leader at church, sunday school teacher for 1st thru 5th one wednesday a month, intercessorer at church weekly and a full time kindergarten teacher. I am not bragging on myself just stating the full load I have, however, I have to balance and do things in stride each day or go bonkers, but I believe like Ramona, when you keep the #1, the number one thing in your life then all else falls into place.

also insights and verses I loved were the Psalms today! I really liked the last verse for today: Ps 25:15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Reading the Word is the way to keep in balance and keeping your eyes on God. He will lead you where you need to go. A while back we were talking about God speaking to us and my pastor said to be careful about feeling a calmness only. I didnt understand right away but now I see that God's Word is how he speaks to all of us and we can hear it if we study it faithfully. When calmness comes upon us we need to remember to still check our decision with the Bible. I thought that was a given. I will be glad when it becomes second nature to check with Him on all work done during the day. How much better would it have been to have the Bible instilled in me as a child so I would have the answers already in my heart. I love you Jesus.

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