God’s plan is sovereign

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Exodus 1:1-2:10; Proverbs 6:6-11

READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
Exodus 1:12 “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.”

REFLECT
The key message of Exodus 1 seems to be that God’s plan cannot be thwarted in any way. God’s plan for Israel will go on despite the wickedness of men and the insecurities of His creation.  Chapter 1 recorded for us three times when God’s plan for the people of Israel to multiply and grew strong faced potential destruction. Yet, time and again, the people of God grew mightily despite the loss of a great leader, intense persecution and even through the evil plan of Pharaoh to murder the Hebrew male infants. The Hebrew midwives risked their lives to defy Pharaoh and lied to the wicked ruler. As a result, God blessed the Hebrew midwives with families of their own, not for the lie, but for their fear of the Lord.

RELATE
The sovereignty of God’s plan is foundational to the Christian faith, yet I sometimes question myself if I really understand such a biblical idea. For example, when I tried to do something even as the Lord has reminded patience, I am in question of God’s sovereignty. When I became unduly concerned for the consequences of an action taken despite the Lord’s assurance; I question His sovereign will. Today’s readings reminded me that instead of fussing about my circumstances, I should be more intentional in seeking what God’s plan is and be active in participation of it. Only then, can I know the true joy of serving in His will. The Hebrew midwives trusted in the Lord’s sovereign plan even as they understood the power and wickedness of Pharaoh. That took good faith and a preparation to die for what they believed. They understood that saving the infants was the right thing to do; and that was all that mattered.

REST
O Lord, help me to be more like the Hebrew midwives, who feared You more than Pharaoh. Help me to truly understand what Your sovereignty means to me; so that I can serve You in true peace and joy. Amen.

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Day 232

by Rev Joel Yong

Hosea 4:1-3
Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

What we do – affects all around us.
Sin is never just a private matter.

Our sin affects those we are in relationship with.
It also affects the environment all around us.

Scripture proclaims it – there is a relationship between the flourishing of the land and the behavior of the inhabitants of the land.

When the Israelites were led to the Promised Land, it was a land that was said to be flowing with milk and honey.
But the people were reminded to honor God and not turn from Him.

Let us examine our surroundings and environment in this season of our lives.
Let us do so whilst taking note of our own relationship with God.

Have we been putting God first and nurturing our relationship with Him?

To give kids a happy home, one would do well to love their spouse- else the neglect of that spousal relationship will be to the detriment of the environment the child will grow up in.

To have all things in our life flourish- we would do well to seek God first, then all other things shall be added in due season.