|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “And he said, ‘I will be with you; that shall be your sign that it was I who sent you. And when you have freed the people from Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” Exodus 3:12 (New Jerusalem Publication Society Bible)
Our thought for today: “Do it because it’s the right thing to do”
Recently, in my personal quiet time, I’ve been reading through Dr. Dennis Prager’s commentary on Exodus from his series of commentaries called “The Rational Bible”. In chapter three Moses has his encounter with God at the burning bush. There God informs him that he is to return to the land of Egypt (the very place he fled from in fear for his life), and he is to serve as God’s instrument to bring about the deliverance of the nation of Israel from slavery.
Needless to say, Moses was skeptical. More, he was convinced that he was not the man for the job. And, he probably had no desire to leave his nice, quiet, safe, and comfortable life in the desert. So, he argued with God and questioned Him repeatedly, looking for a way out of this. But in verse 12 God told Moses that if he was obedient and if he did this thing, when it was over he would find himself worshipping God and giving Him thanks for their successful deliverance.
Obeying God and doing the right thing is an act of faith. It requires us to go forward in obedience and to trust God for the outcome. We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, and we trust God for the rest. And, like Moses, it’s only when we look back at the event afterwards that we can see how God ultimately worked it out.
Dr. Prager observed, “Perhaps this is one meaning of the biblical verse that we can only see God from the back (Exodus 33:23) – only after an event happens can we see God’s hand in it.”
Men and women of character and integrity do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. They trust God for the outcome, understanding that it will only be after they have gone forward in faith and obedience that they will be able to look back and see how God used that righteous act and worked things out according to His will.
I encourage you to resolve to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do, and then just trust the outcome to God.
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