Exodus 12:40 reads ... Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. Israel lived in Egypt for over 4 centruies. During that time several generations had the opportunity to consider their sin, cry out to God and finally see His power to deliver them.
Moses, spent his sojourn preparing for his role to lead Israel out of Egypt. After killing an Egyptian who had assaulted a Hebrew, Moses fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years as a shepherd. During that time God grew Moses into a person who could lead His people.
God knows where he ultimately wants to take us, but often along the way He has us abide in a difficult place, a place we wold never choose for ourseelves. Before we are ready to serve in the way He wants us to, we must first let Him build our character. then, in His perfect timing, god will lead us forward.
When has a time of sojourn in you life prepared you for kingdom work later? No season of life is wasted if you spend it right where God wants you to be.
If God currently has you waiting on Him, what might He be planning for you?
(copied from my daily quiet time reading --- discovering God's Daily Agenda.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
That’s a valid question you may have when it comes to voting. However, consider the following quotes:
"The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke, British Statesman
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote . . . that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
Samuel Adams, Founding Father
"Bad politicians are elected by good people who don't vote."
George Jean Nathan
"If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office; individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of state."
Billy Graham, Evangelist
"Ultimately, our loyalty belongs not to any political party or candidate but to God Almighty. And when the time comes, I believe God may ask each of us about how we voted and why."
Richard Land, President, ERLC
"We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow."
Ronald Reagan, U. S President
Does my vote really matter?
Yes! Consider the following examples:
· In 1801, one vote in the U.S. House broke the tie between presidential candidates Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. By the way, Burr was later charged with treason!
· In 1839, one vote made Marcus Morton governor of Massachusetts and earned him the nickname “Landslide.”
· In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.
· In 1876, one vote in the Electoral College gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency.
· In 1941, one vote extended the active service provision in the Selective Service Act (Draft) just four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
· In 2000, we had one of the most closely contested presidential elections in American history, and some people are still arguing about who won!
The point is this: Your vote can make a tremendous difference!