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"God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure."

Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire

When bad things happen

Moses returned to the LORD and said, ‘Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Exodus 5:22.

How you do react when bad things happen? Moses went straight to God and asked Him. The Bible reveals God as never minding people being honest and forthright.

God’s answer to Moses in the early verses of chapter 6 are not particularly what Moses WANTS to hear but are very definitely what he NEEDS to hear.

If you have time read Exodus 6:2-8 and note how the verses are bookended by “I am the LORD”. Four times Moses is reminded that the Lord is God and that He is good

V3 God also said to Moses, ‘I am the LORD. V6 Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians”.

There is a further promise in v 7: “you will know that I am the LORD”. He is the LORD, whether we believe it or not but when we do believe it, our faith and our relationship with God moves to a different level. Tanya Ferdinandusz [Scripture Union, Encounter with God]writes on the passage “Discouragement is both dangerous and contagious”. Which of us has not struggled with the pandemic this year and with the uncertainty as to when it will ever end? When will normality return? Will the Olympics and Paralympics actually happen? We don’t know the answers but we do know that the he is the LORD and that He is in control. Tell Him how you feel and what you are struggling with.

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