'Daddy, daddy, Jesus told me to give all of my allowance,' said five year old Billy.
'Well, did He tell you where to give it?' asked his surprised father.
'Not yet,' replied Billy.
Later that same day, Billy was listening to a Christian radio program, and he heard a short message from a Christian ministry.
'Daddy, Daddy, Jesus told me where to give my allowance!' Billy excitedly exclaimed.
Soon after, an amazed father took his young son down to that ministry, and Billy gave his whole five dollars for Jesus.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You for speaking to a little boy. Please speak to me. Amen.
God told Moses, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' These were men from long ago who started the Hebrew nation. God had made promises to each one. Now the time had come for God to fulfill these promises, starting with a rescue mission. God planned to set the Hebrews free - and Moses was going to be the tool God used.
But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?' Moses knew he couldn't do a job like this.
'I will certainly be with you,' God told Moses. 'When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve Me on this mountain.'
God promised His presence and His success. God was trying to help Moses understand that when He asks somebody to do a job, He is always present to give success.
Do you know what God wants you to do? If you do, don't make excuses like Moses. God will be with you, and you will have success.
Prayer: Dear God, You are so amazing. Thank you for always helping me to do Your will. Amen.
After days of travel, Moses arrived at a well. He saw some women trying to get water for their flocks. But the men-shepherds were pushing them away. Moses helped the women.
Their father took Moses into his home and gave him a job as a shepherd. Later, Moses married one of his daughters.
It looked like Moses was settled. But, one special day, Moses was grazing the sheep and he noticed a bush on fire. Even though the bush was in flames, it didn't burn up. When Moses went closer, a Voice said, 'Take off your shoes. This is holy ground.' Moses knew that this was the Voice of God.
That special day, God told Moses what He wanted Moses to do. God wanted Moses to go back to Egypt, go to the palace, and tell the king that God wanted him to set the Hebrew people free from slavery.
Oh, boy. That was a tough job. Moses was scared. He didn't want to do it. After all, he had run away from the palace in fear. He was a wanted man.
Do you think God was able to change Moses' mind?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You know where I am right now - please help me to know what You want me to do. Amen.
Moses grew up in the king's palace. The princess hired his mother to baby-sit him so Moses must have known his own family pretty well. It seems he always knew he was a Hebrew, even though he was adopted into the family of the Egyptian king.
When Moses was a man, he saw an Egyptian bullying a Hebrew man. Moses fought with the Egyptian and the Egyptian died. Next day, Moses saw two Hebrew men fighting. When he tried to stop them, one said, 'Are you going to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
Moses knew that the King would hear about him killing an Egyptian, so he ran away from Egypt. He went through the desert to a place far away. Maybe he thought he would never see his family again. Maybe he felt hopeless. But God had plans for Moses. Nobody need ever feel hopeless because God knows and God cares, even when things seem to go wrong.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for caring. You know my needs today. Help me to have hope in You. Amen.
Long ago, a little boy was born in Egypt. He had an older brother and sister. The family belonged to the Hebrew race, a nation that had become slaves in Egypt. So many Hebrew children were being born that the king of Egypt ordered that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Wasn't that a horrible law?
This little boy wasn't killed. Instead, his parents hid him until he was three months old. Then they made a little boat out of a baby's basket and left their son by the riverside with his older sister standing close by to see what would happen.
Can you imagine what happened? The king's daughter - the child of the king who made such a cruel law - came to bathe. When she found the baby she decided to adopt him. And she gave him a name. The baby's new name was Moses.
God did many wonderful things through Moses' life. But wasn't it great that even before Moses knew God, God was watching out for him there at the river bank? God had work for Moses to do! You can read Moses' life story in the first five books of the Bible. The God who cared for Moses cares for you too and has a plan for your life.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are Lord over all. Amen.