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Daily Reading: Exodus 7-8

Scripture Focus: The Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile. (Exodus 7.18b)

Devotional Thought: I recently read an article about drugs and poverty in Portsmouth, OH. One of the statements that was so striking was that of a 19 year old addict: “I graduated with honors from high school. I want to join the army and get away. Far, far away. There are so many drugs here. I just don’t want to be a part of it.” Another one said, "I have no interest in [anything] anymore. I hate men. I just want to get clean and get out of this place." Addiction has become a burden that is unbearable. People trapped in it are weary.

It bear repeating that "sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay."

The Egyptians found that out after they had cruelly enslaved the Israelites for generations. When Moses came to deliver them, God brought plagues upon the Egyptians. One of the plagues ruined their drinking water. They had to drink water from the Nile. It was dirty and tepid. The Egyptians grew weary of it. Their sin had caused a situation that made them miserable. And, as we read through these chapters of Exodus, we will see that this was only the beginning.

Sin ruins our wells. It forces us to drink tepid and dirty waters. We grow weary. But, there is good news! Jesus forgives our sins and gives us fresh, living water to drink: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7.37b-38)

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you are a spring of living water. Deliver us from the tepid and dirty waters of sin and grant that we may come to you and drink. Amen.

Psalm of the Day: 7 For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God! 8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. (Psalms 56:7-13)

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