November 8, 2017 – Friday
Exodus 6:9 [MSG] But when Moses delivered this message to the Israelites, they didn’t even hear him—they were that beaten down in spirit by the harsh slave conditions.
I live and work in harsh conditions. It is nobody’s fault but mine, so I am not complaining. The heat in summer, the cold in winter, the desperation in heart – the never-ending background noise – all beat down the spirit. It causes good men to become angry and bad men to become dangerous. It causes fights over the pettiest things. Like the brothers around me, if I am not careful, I get blocked from hearing God.
Is it so different where you live and work? Does the harshness of deadlines beat down on you? How about the background noise of pettiness, arrogance, and spite? How about the anxiety of maybe losing your job? In your conditions, is it not easy to get blocked from hearing God?
Scripture reminds us that the Israelites were in that same kind of condition. Plus, they had little prayer life and forgot, in the mist of all that was wrong, to worship Him.
Yes, your workplace is different than mine – but only in unimportant ways. You struggle in your job of serving Him in your workplace. And if you are not careful, you get blocked from hearing God.
As you pack your lunch, make sure you include prayer in that bag. Use prayer throughout the day to worship Him. If you don’t, you will be blocked from hearing God. And that is a terrible thing in any workplace – yours or mine.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for always speaking to me, but also for keeping my conditions from drowning Your voice. Let the Enemy not block me from hearing You today. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA