02 February: Being Distinct

In a world where tolerance, acceptance and inclusion are the order of the day, today’s chapter is the first record from Ancient Egypt where the underdog majority stand out as distinct…

READ EXODUS 8  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

If you know anything of Africa, today’s chapter isn’t at all hard to believe. The contamination of the waterways may have enhanced the frog’s breeding ability. But when they grew from tadpoles to frogs, the contamination pushed them onto the land which then had an effect on the gnat population. When the frogs died and were piled up in heaps – such that the land reeked of them [v13-14] – the flies came out in full force.

What’s weird in the story, however, is that the Creator makes a distinction between the underdog slave population and that of the wealthy minority. [v22] The storyline from this moment forward is about a distinction made between God’s people and those who are not. But being distinct isn’t just about being distinctive or noticeable. Nor is it only about being clear and definite in one’s approach, behaviour or outlook. It’s about being completely different such that we’re separate. Many will aspire to being distinct within the crowd, but very few will want to live with the full definition. Like all fathers, Father God wants a family for Himself, a distinct group of “called out ones” who’ll be in need of needing Him…

Read More? …CLICK on “02 February – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with your Father God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I want to give thanks in all circumstances; for this, Lord, is Your will for me. [1 Thessalonians 5:18]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Europe[a]
  • Your Country: Local Gospel Ministries
  • Yourself: Ability to Choose Right Living
  • Your concerns for today
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry for help come to You. [Psalm 102:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I’ve refused to listen and I’ve failed to remember the miracles You performed. I’ve became stiff-necked and wanting to return to my life of slavery. But You, Father, are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. You’ve not deserted me. [Nehemiah 9:17]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

In repentance and rest is Your salvation, Father God. In quietness and trust is Your strength. [Isaiah 30:15]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:5-6]

[a] http://www.operationworld.org/region/europe/owtext.html

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