August 13, 2021
8 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.
This morning I did one of the worst things a person can do in our current era. I read comments in a discussion thread. While all were trying to hold to a polite façade, it was clear that there was deep division and reading between the lines, and at times reading the actual lines, people on “each side” were calling each other something other than Christian by their actions, choices or behaviours. Comments and discussions on the internet just lead to people becoming more entrenched in their own position.
Pharaoh’s magicians did the same thing and he would not accept that it was truly God coming through the words of Moses. Pharaoh didn’t want to believe and entrenched himself in his position to keep the Hebrews under his control. We obviously know the result of this will not be good. But Pharaoh has his heart set on his wealth and power, not on hearing what God has to say.
Sometimes we look for actions of God, but are only looking for the ones that agree with our positions. God acts in the rains and God acts in healing. Here we saw an act of God that not everyone might see as such in the past few days. Paramedics pulling up to a house to sing happy birthday and bring a cake to an elderly woman. An act of grace to this woman. They acted as the hands and feet of Jesus, even if they themselves might not realize it. (Connie posted a link on her Facebook page)
What are we looking for when we look for God acting? Are we looking to have our ideas or our positions proven? Or are we looking to see God at work so that we can be hands and feet in the lives of others around us? Or think from the other side of it. Who has acted in a way for us in the last week that demonstrated God’s action of care in our lives? How do we offer praise for those things?
The world does not ask us for a miracle, at least not in most situations. The world looks to see God at work in us. Seeing us act in a way that as they know us, they will know God because they know us.
Song – God Is Working
Lord of life, give us good judgment to know what new things to do for you in life, and grant us the inner strength to finish each job we begin; so may we fully know the joy of doing your will; so may your kingdom come on earth— through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.