A Profound Statement!
The year? 1969. The place? San Bernadino, CA. Who? A somewhat petrified college student. What? Challenged to accomplish a task very unfamiliar to her. You probably guessed that college student was me, totally out of my comfort zone, much like Moses was when God told him to go back to Egypt (see last week’s blog if you missed that incredible part of the story!).
Back to 1969. A friend and I flew to San Bernadino from Buffalo, NY to attend Campus Crusade for Christ training. Before college, I led a somewhat sheltered life but here I was being trained to share the gospel, the four spiritual laws, and literally sent out on the beach to find anyone who didn’t know Jesus and talk to them.
Strangely enough our “aha” moment from the life of Moses, and what I experienced on that beach echo each other. On that California beach I encountered many hippies searching for meaning in life, rebelling against the status quo, and a variety of those who did not know the Lord.
Like me on the beach finding lost souls, our “aha” moment finds Moses telling Pharaoh that God said to let the Israelites go free. Pharaoh responded saying, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
Pharaoh could not have known what a profound statement he made. He was right. He did not know the One True God. His many gods were made of wood and metals and were literally dead. What he would later encounter was who God was and to what lengths God would go for those who believed in Him. The point? There are still so many who do not know the Lord and therefore continue to try to find peace, meaning, and hope in all the wrong places.
No matter where we live, our earthly status, or our past successes or failures, the human heart has a God hole that can only be filled by the Lord Jesus Christ. God probably isn’t calling you to go before a king (like Moses or Billy Graham) or even to share His love for someone on a beach (although it is a great place to do so!), but God calls us every day to stretch out of our comfort zones for those who ask the same question: “Who is the Lord that I should obey him?”
As you continue your Lenten journey may you seek to help others find the answer to that very question.
Exodus 5:1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
*Remember to comment and share your “aha” moments from scripture in the comments! Invite others to my webpage and blog so they too may join us on this journey through Exodus as we discover or re-discover just how big our God is!