Go Forward – Fast 2016 – Day 8

Day 8 – Persuasive People – Exodus 14:5

5 Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

 

According to some research your brain makes dozens of decisions every second of your life. Of the 400 billion bits of information that reaches your brain every second only 2,000 are used and make us aware of our surroundings. From those thousands and thousands of pieces of information we make our decisions which guide us through our day. Some are natural so that we do not even have to cognitively think about them such as when to breathe in and out. Others are sifted into the conscious decisions which govern our life. Even those are broken down further into categories of major and minor decisions which are different for each and every one of us. Have you ever caught yourself standing in front of the refrigerator with the door standing wide open staring at the Tupperware tubs struggling to decide what to have for a snack? Or perhaps it is more like standing in front of the open closet door looking at your available wardrobe and agonizing over what to wear. Hard decisions for some – easy for others. Then there are the decisions that carry more weight in your life such as career choices and whom to marry. There is some reports which say these both simple and more difficult decisions can add up to 35,000 each average day in your life. That sounds exhausting. On top of all that thinking you can factor in the pressure you receive as others exert influence on your decisions. Of the estimated 775,000 important decisions you will make in your lifetime the average person will regret at least 145,000 of the choices they make.

In our verse today we see the decision that the Pharaoh had made to let Moses lead the people of God out of Egypt was a decision that he would regret. Those around him had a part in persuading him that his decision was the incorrect one – after all – who would make the bricks now?

There will no doubt be many people in your life who will try to persuade you to make your decisions in a certain manner. Some for good and some for evil. Some will try to justify their own lack of spiritual discipline by trying to convince you to leave off fasting or at least lessen the commitment you have made for this fast. If you listened to God for His direction at the beginning of this fast then His wisdom will lead you through your fast. Do not allow outside influences to dissuade you away from the growth and joy God has in store for you. Surround yourself with people who will persuade you towards God and His pathway. There can be mighty strength and wisdom in the council of Godly people. Find them and allow them to encourage you along the way.


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