We live in challenging times. Political, economic, and social factions continue to escalate. The voices of every side get louder and louder as fewer and fewer are heard. Battle lines are being drawn in both
physical and spiritual realms. Silver-tongued leaders emerge out of every new crisis. Some are motivated out of genuine concern while others simply exploit opportunities presented by the latest disaster.
These are the times we live in. How does the Church respond? Every believer must keep in mind that the sovereign God has ordained times of darkness for His church to shine. The Apostle Paul proclaims,
(Eph 3:10-11) “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
What words must be spoken? What message will breakthrough? How will the church be heard when the clatter of so many contrary voices drown out the words people so desperately need to hear? I believe that Moses had this same concern as he set out to move his people forward from a wilderness to
a place promised. The story unfolds in Exodus 33. Moses expresses a frustration as a man entrusted with a message while facing the fear of not being heard. (Exodus 33:11-17) He asks God, “’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.
Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
As a member of His Church I urge you to cry out to God and ask as Moses did, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways”. Understand that the words you proclaim will only be effective if His presence is recognized. His ways run counter to the ways of all others. His voice will be heard His way. With all the voices out there clamoring for center stage it is His presence that will “distinguish” you from all others. The distinction is not a result of learned techniques or exceptional oratory, but simply the power of His presence confirmed by the evidence of your transformed life.
As you move forward into new opportunities may His voice rise above all. May His presence distinguish you so the message that needs to be heard rings out. May the answers so many long for be found. May you walk in the power of His presence as His word breaks through.
In His Service,