Weekly Devotion – Exodus 8:20-21

Published 8:03 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 8:20-21, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them.’”

Moses and Aaron are sent again to confront Pharaoh. And notice this, God does not change. He spoke to Moses in the desert through the burning bush and said he was sending Moses to free the people. And that is the same message God has for Pharaoh each time Moses has spoken to him, God says, let my people go. God does not change his mind, lower his standards, change the goals. Hebrews 13:8 will tells us, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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We live in a world that is in a constant state of change. It seems that nothing ever remains the same, the world today is vastly different than it was last year, and in another year, it will be different again. I sometimes think about what my grandparents would think about the technology we have today, things they never dreamed of; cell phones, internet, electric cars, the list can go on. And be assured, not all of the changes are good. There is no doubt those things can be used for the good, but how many of them are misused, for evil purposes? And yet through it all, God does not change.

God still wants the same thing today that he did at creation, a relationship with the people he created. God wants to know you, and for you to know him. Really, that is the bottom line, that was why he wanted the Israelites out of Egypt, not just to free them from Egyptian slavery, but to free them from spiritual slavery. And that’s what he wants for you today as well.

Father, thank you for wanting me. 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 mikecaton@centurylink.net.