Friday, March 7, 2008

Fri., 3/7/08 Devotion (Ex. 18:8)

Today's encouragement comes from Exodus 18:8, where we read these words:

"And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had come upon them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them."

In this one verse, we have a pretty good description of the Christian life. First, there is a profound exodus from death to life, in regeneration. Then, there are plenty of problems to deal with (on the journey through the wilderness of this life). Finally, there are numerous deliverances by God of His church through the trials they face.

Is it all worth it? Are we sometimes tempted to think that it would have been easier, and simpler just to have remained in the Egypt of sin and death? Yes, we may be tempted; but then we come to our senses, and recognize that redemption is *the* great blessing of life, and we give God glory.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Christ not only raises from the bed, but to the throne. He gives the sick man not only health, but heaven."
--Thomas Watson, in his sermon, "The Soul's Malady and Cure"]