THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, November 30, 2019
– International Computer Security Day
TOPIC: WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?
Read Exodus 3:1-12
1. Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8. And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12. And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
MEMORISE: Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2)
A major factor in effective computer work is concentration/focus. The more focussed on the right thing, shoving aside the irrelevances, the better your job is. This has spiritual implications.
Moses was directed by God to lead the Israelites out of captivity. He had several misgivings and excuses, but God chose to use him, all the same. Getting the Israelites to believe that God had sent him was his first challenge. Rather than jump for joy at the hope, slaves needed a demonstration of God’s power to convince them. Convincing Pharaoh to release his source of free labour was another matter. Looking to God for help, he led the Israelites out, following a miraculous intervention.
On his own, He was not the best option to lead the captive slaves out to freedom. He was neither eloquent nor confident, but he looked up to the One who had chosen him for the grace to fulfil his duties. The awareness of the presence of God helped him to do what he ordinarily would have been unable to do. At every point, as he led the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land, he sought God for direction, and followed the given instructions. The first and only time he shifted his face and looked at the rebellion of the people, he disobeyed divine instruction and lost his ticket to the Promised Land.
Who are your eyes focused on? Are you still looking at the Master, or have you been distracted by circumstances? Paying attention to the circumstances around you can propel you into making costly mistakes. Focusing on the Master ensures effective performance. Look unto Him who is the Author and Perfecter of your faith.
1. Lord, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in Your knowledge concerning Your vision for us.
2. Lord Jesus, let me focus on You alone for directive and leading.
3. Lord, deliver our Church leaders from worldly distractions and set their attention towards heaven alone.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 27:8 – 29:8; 1 Peter 3:5 – 4:3
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE