Week 15 Monday

Known by His Actions

Today’s scripture selection: Exodus 5-8

Key verse: Exodus 6:3


     Moses had a problem.  He had been called by God to go to Egypt’s Pharaoh and demand that he release the Israelite slaves under his control.  Pharaoh wasn’t impressed, to say the least.

     So Moses took his problem to God again.  And God said this:

     “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them.”

     God went on to talk about the covenant – the agreement – that He had made with this people long ago.  And then, just to push the point home, he said:

     “Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.”

     It was as if God was saying – “Don’t worry – it’s settled – I am going to make this happen.  You are just my instrument.”

     Case settled.

Obviously, there was a whole lot ahead – and it wouldn’t be easy.  But God had spoken.  And if Moses would only trust Him, history would be changed forever.

     What strikes me about this passage is that part about God making Himself known.  It wasn’t going to be done through words; through mere promises.  It was going to happen in real, powerful, swift action.

     We can talk about God and read about Him.  We can try and trust in what has been said about Him.  But when it really hits home; when we really experience who He is – and what His promises really means – is when He takes action in our lives.

     Think about the ways He has done that for you lately.

     It’s more than just words.  It’s a promise.  We know God by the miracles He works in our lives – daily.  All we have to do is recognize them when they come.


Prayer: Lord, give me the eyes to see you at work.  AMEN.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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