In the Wilderness: Exodus 22:16-23:9

God continues to teach His children how to love one another in Exodus 22:16-23:9. (Click on the link to read today’s verses.)

Let me warn you, the following may not be easy to read.

“Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the Lord alone, shall be devoted to destruction.
Exodus 22:20

I doubt you’ve taken an animal sacrifice and burned it on any altar lately, but the law still applies. Consider where you’ve made sacrifices lately. Where are you spending your time, your energy, your money? Because where we spend time, money, and energy reveals who our gods are and what takes priority in our lives.

“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
Exodus 22:25

Most who need to borrow money from us for personal reasons are poor. If they weren’t, there would be no need to borrow. When we lend we must do it with an open hand not expecting anything in return.

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
Exodus 22:28

This is a tough one. We may not agree with the person who holds an office of authority in our lives, a president or political figure. I’ve seen much anger in the last few years from others when it comes to this issue, and I’ve come to understand if God allows them to be in their position then it is for a reason. God is sovereign even when it comes to leadership. We may not like it, but we are called as children of God to trust in His plan for His children and the places where they live.

“You shall not spread a false report.
Exodus 23:1

Be care-full of your words brothers and sisters.

You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 23:9

Sojourners are those who stay temporarily, and it may seem unimportant to invest our time or even care about someone who is passing through. We must remember we are all just passing through… making our way home.

Did you feel the sting of God’s conviction in His words today? Is there a place in your heart God is asking you to allow Him to change? Take heart, the sting indicates your ears hear His voice. Listen… repent… turn around and rejoice.

Father God, thank You for Your Word, the totality of it,
which teaches us at its heart, to love You and love others.
May I receive Your conviction with appropriate remorse
but also with joy that You are loving me.

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