Today’s Reading: Exodus 3:1-14
Daily Lectionary: Job 7:1-21; John 4:7-26

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” (Exodus 3:13-14)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There is no one like God. Moses tries to fight this—to argue for more information. He wants more control over his future, and over God. But it gets him nowhere. God can’t be brought to heel.

We don’t teach Him. We don’t teach ourselves what is good and what is evil. Instead, as Moses learned, we surrender ourselves to Him. He will lead us in the way that is pleasing to Him. Things must go, not the way we think or feel they should, but according to His understanding. Moses returned to Egypt with God’s Spirit and Word. You have the same treasure poured over you.

Use your Baptism. Drown yourself—your lack of understanding about sin, guilt, grace, God’s agony, forgiveness, and so on—and He will give you understanding. You don’t understand and you don’t know the way you should go. Like Moses, who was sent back to Egypt and didn’t know how it was going to go for him, you, too, must yield to God’s knowledge. He knows how and in what way you will reach the right goal.

This is the way of the Cross. You can’t find it. He must lead you like a blind man. Not you, not Moses, not anybody in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth can rescue you from what’s coming. Only God’s Spirit and Word will teach you the way you must go. You don’t follow your works or imagination. You don’t choose the way you go. You don’t choose the afflictions that fall on you. Surrender yourself to the LORD, give up on yourself, and He will be your hiding place. He will protect you from trouble. He will move protectively around you with songs of deliverance as He does for you every day. His mercies are new every morning. He will never leave you or forsake you. You are His, His own, and He cannot deny Himself. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Lord, give us faith to walk where You are sending, On paths unmarked, eyes blind as to their ending; Not knowing where we go, but that You lead us—With grace precede us. (Saints, See the Cloud of Witnesses, LSB 667:5)

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