Friday, March 8              Exodus 6:1-13     Rev. Rachel Heyduck

The Lord replied to Moses, “Now you will see what I’ll do to Pharaoh. In fact, he’ll be so eager to let them go that he’ll drive them out of his land by force.” 2 God also said to Moses: “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but I didn’t reveal myself to them by my name ‘The Lord.’ 4 I also set up my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan where they lived as immigrants. 5 I’ve also heard the cry of grief of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians have turned into slaves, and I’ve remembered my covenant. 6 Therefore, say to the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I’ll bring you out from Egyptian forced labor. I’ll rescue you from your slavery to them. I’ll set you free with great power and with momentous events of justice. 7 I’ll take you as my people, and I’ll be your God. You will know that I, the Lord, am your God, who has freed you from Egyptian forced labor. 8 I’ll bring you into the land that I promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I’ll give it to you as your possession. I am the Lord.’” 9 Moses told this to the Israelites. But they didn’t listen to Moses, because of their complete exhaustion and their hard labor.10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go and tell Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, to let the Israelites out of his land.”12 But Moses said to the Lord, “The Israelites haven’t even listened to me. How can I expect Pharaoh to listen to me, especially since I’m not a very good speaker?” 13 Nevertheless, the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, giving them orders to let the Israelites go from the land of Egypt.

In business a vision statement is a company’s road map, indicating what the company wants to become and guiding transformational initiatives by setting a defined direction for the company’s growth. In a church it is similar, but it can only be accomplished with God’s help. Euless First’s vision is to grow with God, join with others and connect others with God. This is our road map, and it can only be accomplished with God’s help.

In today’s scripture, Moses too was looking ahead to the vision of God’s people being free. However, the Hebrew people would not listen to his vision. Very often we are given direction, but our own exhaustion seems to impede us from listening to where God is calling us. Our own stuff just seems to get in the way. We have a vision of our church being a place where everyone grows with God. That all people in all life situations join together, because we know God’s transformative nature. We see a place where we are connecting to who God is and the potential of God in our lives, but the reality is there is no way we can do this on our own. We need God. We cannot fulfill this vision on our own.

As a result, we are turning to prayer and study. We are looking to find a way to discern what God is calling us to. We are going where God is calling; we must have faith that God is with us every step of the way!

Prayer: God, help us to let go of our exhaustion from our daily lives, and open our ears to hear your guidance. You have called us to so much more, and we are seeking courage and strength to persevere all that lies ahead. Give us peace along the journey, while simultaneously challenging us to grow! Amen