Lord, Help Me to Follow (Exodus 5; Luke 8)

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go…” Exodus 5:1

“One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and she said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” Luke 8:22

Years ago I found myself in a most uncomfortable place.  I had just climbed to the top of a pole (That seemed to be 50 feet in the air).  I was at a training camp with 50 other pastors.  I had a harness and ropes tied to me.  I was to jump off the pole and allow the men to ease me down.  This was a team building exercise.  I can still remember thinking, “Lord, what have I gotten myself into?”

This morning we find Moses standing before Pharaoh (Exodus 5).  I wonder if he was thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?”  In this passage we see the conflict beginning that will end with God’s glorious victory for his people.  However, there were tough moments along the journey.

This morning we also find Jesus disciples facing a broad range of situations (Luke 8).  Without doubt they were thinking, “What has Jesus gotten us into.”  We see this clearly when they come to Jesus in the boat and they say, “Lord we are perishing.”  

In each case there is a wonderful truth that rings clear, “Those who follow Christ will discover glorious thinks about God.”  Question, “How well do you and I follow the Lord?”

Consider the scene in Luke 8: 16-24:

I.  The disciples set out with Jesus

Jesus always will place us in circumstances that are set out for our understanding.  Even though we often do not understand.

2.  The disciples speak out to Jesus

In the test, they confess their inability to make it.  But they also confess their doubt in Jesus concern for their test.  How often do we question Jesus when He leads us into the storm?

3. The disciples stand out before Jesus

Jesus calms the storm and calls out the disciples, “Where is your faith?”  In the storms it is revealed where we stand with Jesus.

This morning I cry out to our Lord, “Help me to follow you anywhere and everywhere you lead. Help me to follow in faith, seeking to grow and go for your glory.”

Brothers and sisters, “Take some time and talk to God about your moment of testing.”  Cry out, “Lord, help me to follow you!”

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