Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Why the Prelude?

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Why the Prelude?, given on December 2, 2018.

On Sunday, Pastor CJ preached from Exodus 7:8-13.  In this passage, Moses and Aaron appear before Pharaoh in order to appeal him to let God’s people go free. Even after he witnesses the awesome power of God in action, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.

Pharaoh is both a merciful warning and a comfort to us. Just like Pharaoh, we see God’s power on display every day. We see the natural world around us, God’s own creation held together by his sovereign will. As Christians we experience the provision and care of a good God time and again. Even so, we are tempted to respond with a hard heart; we are tempted to doubt his sovereignty or goodness, especially when we see pain, injustice, or evil in the world. In this way, Pharaoh’s story is also a comfort for us as it reveals how all things—evil included—are used by God for our good.

As a family, read Exodus 7:8-13

If we are not regularly rehearsing the Lord’s awesome provision for those who love him and are called according to his purpose, we will miss out on his great and abiding comfort. Read Exodus 7:8-13 and consider these questions:

  • What great comfort do we receive from the Gospel in light of this message?
  • In what way has God met you today or this week, and how does that fuel your faith in his continued care and provision?
  • What is one way you can begin to cultivate gratitude and trust toward God in your everyday life?

[Post by Mike Barker]