Daily Devotions - Tuesday, 2 June

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Tuesday, 2 June 2020 

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Call to Prayer

Paul said: ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’  (Romans 12 : 12)

Prayer 

Patient and loving God,

we come in thanksgiving

that you are never too busy for us,

that you always hear our prayers

and are patient as we wander from you.

Help us to do likewise.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

Bible Reading : Patience

Introduction

Today we are reading a small fraction of the great Old Testament story of Moses leading God’s people through the wilderness for 40 years as we continue looking at ‘The Fruit of the Spirit’.  Now of course it is impossible to fully grasp the enormity of the story in just a handful of verses so I invite you to explore the whole story yourself today if you have time. However, having said that, the story of Moses is a great example of God’s patience and how we can be an example of this in our lives as we too are patient with others.

There are many examples in the Bible of God's long-suffering and many verses that express his character of patience. The story of the Exodus out of Egypt though, is perhaps the most amazing. For forty years God led Moses and his people through the wilderness towards the promised land. Along the way, God's people doubted, complained and often came close to giving up. But God patiently heard their cries and answered them by providing food, water, safe passage and other miraculous signs of his good character and love for them.

In the story we hear how God’s heart is tender and he understands our struggle to wait and to endure. God is always available when we need him and he is there when we stumble, to help us find our footing. Likewise, he wants us to share his patient character with others. Just like God graciously understands our struggles and our needs in the midst of waiting, he wants us to work to that of others. So listen anew to the Word of God as we ask God how can I be patient?

Deuteronomy 29 : 2 - 5   (NIV)

Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land.

With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders.

But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.

Yet the LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. …