“Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’”
Exodus 5:8 NASB
When Moses asked to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh evaluated this request in light of his own experience and worldview. To him, Moses’ explanation seemed absurd. He could not conceive that the God of the Hebrews could be real and make this request. The only possible explanation was that the Israelites simply did not want to work. Sometimes people who don’t understand our commitment to an invincible God explain it away as laziness or an utter waste of time and resources.
Pharaoh had his own agenda. He was counting on the Israelites to provide the labor for his designs. This request conflicted with his agenda and he didn’t believe the explanation. Many people react in similar ways to God’s Word and His people. Goodnews is the Bible reminds us that the things of the Spirit are folly in the natural. People can’t “understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV). Don’t be surprised when the categorise and file you away as weak and lazy, or emotional and lazy for serving God.
As you ponder on the way some people respond to the Gospel and those that want to truly serve God; remember that this is a spiritual issue, discerned in the Spirit in ways people in the natural may never understand. They are likely to project onto us their own expectations and worldview. Or they may judge us or question our motives. Remember these facts as you interact with people in the world. Never allow the opinion of men deter you from the plan of God for your life!
My Declaration And Confession: Father, I receive the grace and grit to do your will even when others think otherwise. Use me to glorify your name.
Ignite Thought: Just because they do not understand your assignment does not mean you should resign to their wishes.