There are times when God gives His people a special assignment, but does not explain why or what the end result will be. In raising our children, we would ask them to do something without first explaining the reason for the request. The key point with God and with parents who have the right motive is that understanding increases as we obey.
As Israel became hemmed in between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, God spoke through Moses to the people; “I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord…fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which I will work for you today” (Exodus 14:4, 13, 17). There was no other nation on earth that God chose and loved as He loved Israel. This was no credit to them in the same way that our salvation is no credit to us. Yet, God chose them as He chose us, to reveal His glory through people who would obey His Word. God’s assignment was that they obey His every word. Through this obedience, God would reveal His glory, not just to themselves, as we see below, but also to the nations around them.
“Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses” (14:31). The greatest witness to the world will be when they see love for the Lord in our obedience. Then our message will be heard. Even a church like Ephesus had to repent and return to obedience to the Lord (Revelation 2:1-7).
I am afraid that the Church today does not realize how weak it is through disobedience. Israel eventually failed through disobedience and their witness for God became a mockery to the nations. Are we doing the same thing today? Bigger buildings and wider programs that eat up more money become an empty shell that looks good to man, but is void of God’s glory. The answer? REPENT!
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