Expel the Night, a poem and devotional

“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ “
Matthew 15:8,9

Expel the Night

A heart of flesh
For a heart of stone
A man with God
Who was once alone
In desperate need
My God I plead
An aching soul
In these rotting bones

A tender ear
For a heart sewn tight
And gentle hands
That forsake the fight
I can’t arrange
The needed change
It takes the dawn
To expel the night

Today’s Reading:

Exodus 7, 8; Matthew 15:1-20  http://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?t=nkjv&q=ex+7-8;matt+15:1-20

Devotional:

The plagues have begun, and Pharaoh responds.

1) This calamity that God has brought upon us, we can bring upon ourselves, as well.  I am not impressed.

2) Okay.  This is the hand of God, and it can only be removed by the hand of God, but as soon as I have relief again, I will strengthen myself in my position.  I will not be moved.

In the context of Exodus, it is easy to look down on Pharaoh’s stubborn heart, but is it so different from our own?  Do we not ignore God’s direction and warnings, often convincing ourselves it is not God at all?  When times are difficult enough, do we turn to God, only to ignore Him again when times are good?

God has shown Himself vividly throughout history so that He can work more subtly in the hearts of men.  That history becomes an example.  There are our stories, written large.

Father God, You know our hearts.  You know where we resist You and ignore You.  You know our failure to obey.  Forgive us, Lord.  We present ourselves to you, desiring to be meek and pliable, vessels you can shape and use to Your glory.  We repent, oh God.  We humble ourselves before You.  In Your mercy, transform us and set us on the path of Your desire.

Tomorrow’s Reading:

Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39

Audio Sermons

Chuck Smith: Exodus

Chuck Smith: Matthew

Our Reading Plan

Note: We are 5 days behind the dates listed in this plan from ewordtoday.com.  Their plan starts with Nov. 1.  Our reading schedule began Nov. 6.

Program Details:

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