October 21 (Exodus 6:13)
But the Lord spoke to Moses and
Aaron and gave them orders for the Israelites and for Pharaoh, the king of
The one true God Who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the God of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and atheists. He is the God of Australians, Americans, and those in the Amazon Basin. He is the Lord of everyone on earth, whether they know it or not. If that sounds odd, or even offensive, then it proves how much we have come to think of God in terms of private, religious, self-help principles rather than who He actually is.
When God spoke to Moses and Aaron, He gave them commands for the Israelites, His chosen people. Most people today would have no trouble with that. He was the God of the Israelites, so of course He spoke to them. Yet notice that He also had commands for Pharaoh, who most certainly did not acknowledge Him as God of the Egyptians. And that mattered to God not one bit.
You see, God knows Himself. He knows that He created the atheist in his mother’s womb and knit together the limbs of the terrorist. He knows the plans He has for the scientist who cannot accept anything she cannot measure, and He expects His followers, like Moses and Aaron, to know that, too. We often hesitate to talk about God with others because we think we are imposing our private beliefs on someone else, but that is simply not the case. God is Lord of everyone and He wants all of His children to be reconciled with Him. That is why He sent Jesus to make that possible with His death and resurrection. The next time you wonder whether you should talk about God with a friend, remember that God was not just the Lord of Moses and Aaron, but the Egyptians, too.
Lord, help me to live my life in You out loud. Help me to take what can be a private faith into the marketplace and live my relationship with You as I do my relationship with family and friends. Change my speech from one that talks of faith and principles to one that speaks of You in personal ways, and when You have a word for me to share with others, give me the courage to speak it. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins