Moses Challenges Pharaoh | Devotion 4: Who do you know?
Many times in our life we have moments of great clarity and then almost immediately followed by great confusion. Our faith will be rock solid in Christ, we will know that God’s will is prevailing, and we will follow it, but then just as we step out on faith and try to live by it, things around us begin to crumble. This has happened to my family and me. My wife and I stepped out on faith in what we thought was God’s will and we were quite abruptly reminded that we were following what we wanted and not what He wanted.
I see in this passage of Scripture the will of the Lord quite aggressively shown to Moses and his brother, “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them” (Exodus 7:5). That verse shows how we as Christians can forget who God truly is. He is not Zeus who supposedly throws lightning bolts from the sky, or the Egyptian god, Ra who is believed by some to live in the sun. He is not the Mongolian’s Eternal Blue Sky that covers our head for us to run; God is not Mars with his mighty battle plate. He is not like the gods of the Aztec who require the still-beating hearts of their sacrifices. Our God is the Lord. Let that sink in; our God is the God who hung the stars in the sky and named them, the same God who put the hair on your head, or for some took it away. Our God is the God who gave us air to breathe, light to see, sounds to hear, and food to eat.
Over the years, I myself have forgotten those things. The simple fact that God is the Lord will elude me and I will think He is like a genie from a bottle to grant me my requests, or that He, like from the movie “Bruce Almighty,” is just a kid on an anthill with a magnifying glass trying to catch me on fire when I step out of line. No, our God is the Lord, He is and will always be the God, and there is no changing that. Think over His names today and see how they describe who He is.
YHWH-Niss’I – “The LORD Our Banner” (Exodus 17:8–15)
YHWH-Rapha – “The LORD that Heals” (Exodus 15:26)
YHWH-Ro’i – “The LORD My Shepherd” (Psalms 23:1)
YHWH-Shalom – “The LORD Our Peace” (Judges 6:24)
YHWH-Shammah – “The LORD Is Present” (Ezekiel 48:35)
YHWH-Tsidkenu – “The LORD Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6)
YHWH-Yireh (Adonai-Jireh) – “The LORD Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14)