Episode ThemeJustice-Seeking: Sticking up for me.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
What if God asked you to do it? Would you? Imagine that you are Moses. You tried to help an Israelite slave a long time ago but ended up killing a man and running for your life. You barely escaped. In the years since, you have gotten a job as a shepherd, gotten married and had two sons. Life has turned out pretty good for you. Now God has come to you and asked you to go back to your previous life to rescue the Israelite slaves.
What would you do if you were Moses? He didn’t have to listen to God. He could have told God, “Sorry, that’s not my problem. I tried to help once, and it blew up in my face.” Moses said “Yes, I’ll help,” and soon found himself in Pharaoh’s court telling the king to let God’s people go. After 10 nasty plagues that God sent to Egypt, Moses found himself leading hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children right out of Egypt!
What does this have to do with your life today? In Moses’ story, there were three kinds of people: bullies, victims, and bystanders. Pharaoh was the bully; the Israelite slaves were the victims, and Moses was the bystander. Moses had a choice to help the Israelites or not. Moses made the right choice—he stood in front of the slaves and took on the bully named Pharaoh. Of course, Moses wasn’t alone. Every step of the way, God was there, directing and encouraging him.
Sometime, you may find yourself at the mercy of a bully. If that happens, ask God to raise up a Moses to defend you—a bystander who will step in front of you and stop the bully. Sometime, you may find yourself as a bystander, knowing that someone else is being bullied. When that happens, ask God for the courage to be a Moses—to step up and defend the victim. The good news is that God is stronger and smarter than any bully—and he will gladly stand with you to direct you and to encourage you—just ask Moses!