January 29

Exodus 8:1-9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5

As you read the story of Israel’s deliverance, one word is repeated, “worship.” Israel cried out to God because they wanted to be free from the oppression of Egypt. God desired for them to be free but not just so that they could sleep in and get a job that paid a fair salary. God wanted them to be free for a far greater reason: God wanted what freedom produces, “Worship.”

Look at the lengths to which God went to deliver Israel! He sent frogs, boils, flies, fleas and other things just to get His people free to worship. God will fight to get His people free. He will fight to get you free so you can give all honor to Him.

When you cry out for God to help you, He has a bigger picture in mind. God desires us to worship Him– after all, this is the reason we were created. Does God want you free? Does He want your problems solved? Does he desire your dreams to come true? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

But He does not want all this just so that you can be happy! He wants what your happiness produces, which is gratitude. A grateful heart is the source of worship! God loves to hear you say, “Thank you.” He enjoys you acknowledging Him for who He is and what He means to you. If you will commit to being a worshipper, you will see the hand of God at work in your life.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 6:6-11

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