Scripture – Exodus 14:16-18
16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
God is jealous for glory. If ever we have thought that God was in any way aloof or disinterested, this passage corrects our perspective. There are so many things He does for the sole reason of bringing himself glory. He is a jealous God of His creation’s worship, dependence and focus. Throughout the story of God using Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt God says that He will harden the hearts of Pharaoh and the Egyptians…why? The two reasons are stated in verse 18. First, that those who do not know Him will KNOW that HE is the LORD. Second, that He will be “ascribed the glory due his name” (Ps. 29:2).
Sometimes in ‘modern Christianity’, with all the programs, events, seminars, conferences, curricula, it can be easy to think that it’s all about us. It’s not. God desires for all people to know that He is the LORD, that He is God, that He is Creator, that He is King, that He is Father, that He is Redeemer, that He is Healer, that He is Savior, that He is Worthy, that He is Holy…and that such knowledge and acknowledgement leads those people to give Him worship, honor, glory and praise. We need to be constantly aware that if we are unsure of what God is doing, He is most likely trying to use us to help other people come to a knowledge of the Truth and as a result bring Him worship with their lives.
Father, help me to see the bigger picture each day of what you are doing and how you are inviting me into your story. The Church is about You, bringing You glory and showing You to the world. Give me fresh eyes and a willing, courageous heart to bring you glory. Fill me with your Spirit and guide my steps today. In Jesus’ name, amen.