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Tell The Story

Tell The Story

27 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Exodus 17-20; Acts 3

Scripture:

7 Moses went out to welcome his father-in-law. He bowed to him and kissed him. Each asked the other how things had been with him. Then they went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law the story of all that God had done to Pharaoh and Egypt in helping Israel, all the trouble they had experienced on the journey, and how God had delivered them. (Exodus 18:7-8 MSG)

Moses told his father-in-law the story of the trouble they had experienced on the journey and how God had delivered them. This really struck me this morning as I read how Moses’ father-in-law came to visit Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness and brought Moses’ wife and sons back to him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent for an evening of story-telling and catching up with each other.

Moses told Jethro the story of all that God had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, of all the trouble they had experienced on the journey, and how God had delivered them.

That’s what we do, too. When we get together with someone we tell the story of all that God has done, of all the trouble we have experienced on the journey, and how God has delivered us. That’s our story, our “testimony,” our witness to others. That’s primarily how we share the gospel, communicate our faith, and encourage our friends.

The troubles we experience on the journey become the basis of the story we tell of what God has done for us and how he has delivered us. We like to have mostly “good days” – days when things go smoothly, everything seems to be in order, and the challenges are few and small. The fact is, the “good days” don’t make much of a story! I still prefer the “good days” but by God’s grace I purpose to learn to appreciate the faith-building experiences that produce the stories of how God brings us through!

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for all you did in sending Jesus to live, die, and live forever and become our Savior and Lord. Thanks for all you have done for Jean and me as we have experienced troubles and challenges along the journey, and thanks for delivering us and giving us opportunities to tell the story. May I be faithful to believe and trust you and may I gladly seize each opportunity to tell the stories of your faithfulness, power, and love. Amen.

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