Yearly Reading: Exodus 3-6
Moses told this to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery. Exodus 6: 9 NRSV
It won't matter how eloquent the preacher if the members of the congregation suffer from a broken spirit and cruel slavery. I can receive all power from above in these devotionals but if you are deep in depression and treated as less than dirt in your job, you won't be able to take in any of these words. If you are completely crushed and struggling to find work, it won't matter how inspired your best friend tries to be; you won't hear him.
Exhortation cannot break through when we are in a funk such as that.
Thank God that God continues to act, enable and be even when we are incapable of receiving and believing.
God, keep on carrying out your will in the world around us. We may be unable to react and receive right now, but we need you more than ever! In Jesus' holy name we pray. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims