As we continue through the early chapters of the book of Exodus, we are quickly approaching the climax of the plagues in Egypt. Today, we are going to look into Exodus 10. Exodus 10:1-2 says, “Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.'”
God is speaking to Moses here. He is telling Moses the next part of His plan. God’s plan is not just for Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, and Pharaoh’s servants. God’s plan is to reveal Himself to those in generation after generation. This is to be a testimony of who God is. This is the importance of memorials whether they be made of stone or things written down. God wants us to know His faithfulness to His children, as well as, to know of His justice.
Have you ever been told something important, and been encouraged by the person telling you to write it down? What was your response to that? Most likely it was something along the lines of “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it.” And what happened? Oh yeah, we forgot it didn’t we? This is one of the downfalls of human pride, we always believe in ourselves even when the evidence is squarely against us. Sure there are times that our minds are like steel traps, but those are seldom about things that we really need to remember. Science tells us that at best we only remember 10% of what we hear. However, if we say something (repeat back what we heard) and write it down, we tend to remember that information 70% of the time. I believe this is why God constantly instructed the nation of Israel to tell each other things, but also to write it down. It not only preserved it for the next generation, but it also helped them to remember what God had said and done for them. You and I could learn from this. While we may not write things in stone like they did or set up rocks to remember; you and I can write things down in a notebook. In fact, one of the greatest assets in my spiritual growth in recent months has been the fact that I started journaling what God is saying to me through His word, and recording how I need to apply it. Not only does this help me in remembering it, it also holds me accountable. But there is an added benefit that God tells Moses about writing things down. God says that Moses will be able to tell his son and his grandchildren about the faithfulness of God. This could be part of the spiritual legacy you and I leave our children. They could pick up our journals, see the date we read something, see the text, and then read what God was saying to us, and how He was answering our prayers. This can give them a spiritual boost when life gets difficult like it tends to do.
Therefore, I want to challenge you to start journaling if you aren’t already. Start slow, say 2-3 times a week at first, and then strive to do it up to five days a week. Grab your Bible, a notebook, and pen. Write the date, what Scripture you are reading, what God was saying in that text, and how God is asking you to respond. That’s it! I believe you will find it easier to remember what God is saying, memorize some Scripture, and it can be something your grandchildren one day could read. Who knows how God may use you and your spiritual journey to reach future generations for the kingdom of God.
If you start doing this, I would love to hear some stories about how God is using journaling to help you grow, and to encourage you in your walk with Him.
By His grace and for His glory,