Today’s Reading: Exodus 11-13
Today’s Reflection: Exodus 11:3
3) And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.
After 400 years of oppression and slavery it was clear Egypt was Israel’s enemy. Egypt refused to recognize the God of Israel and Egypt’s leaders refused to regard God’s servant Moses. Yet the Bible records that in the eyes of the people of Egypt, right up to and including Pharaoh’s servants, Moses was seen as a very great man.
Regardless of culture, politics, beliefs and agendas, people recognize the integrity and strength of character within those who obey God. If you are obedient to the leading of God in your life those around you including those—even those who disagree with you, even your enemies—will have no choice but to respect you. This is a heritage of the servants of the Lord.
This does beg the question, why aren’t Christians respected more? More than likely because we fail to be obedient to God the way Moses and Aaron were. Our shortcomings don’t just affect us, they affect the way others perceive us and even their perceptions of God Himself. Obedience to God isn’t just for our sake, but for the sake of all who witness our behaviour as those who claim to follow God. The greatness God desires to bestow upon us isn’t for us, but so we can glorify God and help draw others to Him.
Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”