Weekly Devotion – Exodus 4:29-31
Published 8:14 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2023
By Mike Caton
Exodus 4:29-31, “Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”
We mentioned the joy and celebration that had to follow Moses and Aaron’s visit. When the people realized God had not forgotten them in their misery and oppression. But these folk did more than celebrate, more than just throw a party. They bowed down and worshiped the Lord.
In spite of their years of mistreatment and slavery, they still knew about the one true God. Egypt has a nation of many gods, and as we know when the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they were drawn to those other gods. But for now, God has come to rescue them. And their response is to worship him. What does worship look like? What did these folks actually do? We have been taught that worship today is a high powered, coming together of many Christians. We want bands, lights, loud and so forth. And I am not knocking those things. But the real heart of worship is simply honoring God. Maybe those folks did have a big gathering. But maybe they worshiped in smaller groups all around the land. Maybe it was in neighborhoods and communities, maybe it was even in their homes. Maybe they worshiped God as they continued their daily tasks; working in the fields, making bricks, serving the Egyptians.
Worship is not simply something we go to, it is a mindset we hold onto. It is the attitude we need to take as we go through our daily lives. There is no doubt we need to gather with other Christians to worship the Lord in a community setting. There are countless reasons this is important. But we also need to remember to worship God as we go through our day. And again, there are countless reasons to praise God every day, we just need to look for them. But we need to remember the response we should have to good news is to thank the Lord for it, to worship and honor him. Worship needs to become our mindset.
Father, help me always honor you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org.