Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2
All around the world in every location, from small businesses to nations, there are people of various levels of authority. Most often the majority of people in a given area know who those in position of authority are and are willing to obey them.
Occasionally there are some people who do not know who is in position of authority. They question the person and will refuse to obey.
Moses had gone to Pharaoh with God’s demand to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh rejected him saying that he did not know who God is.
People are quick to question the authority of a person. They want to know who the person is and if he really has the authority to order them to do something. Some will even challenge the one in authority just to see what he will do if they do not obey, even though they know he is in position of authority.
The world does not know who God is and so they will not acknowledge nor obey Him. Believers do know who He is but will often not obey Him. They challenge His authority and position, often thinking that they know better.
This can occur because God is out of sight and out of mind. Yet, God is there and does see all things.
Instead of questioning God and His authority, the true believer will immediately obey no matter what the command is, easy or difficult. He will realize that God is the One who can kill the body and the soul for all eternity, rather than just some cosmic unknown entity out there somewhere.
As a believer God should be the highest and most important authority in your life. Just as you are willing to obey your boss at work or some policeman, be even more willing to obey God.
Unlike those in authority in this world, God knows what is best for you and has complete control of all things. Do not be like Pharaoh and ignore God’s commands to you but be obedient in all ways acknowledging His authority and position.
When you choose to obey God, you will not have to be struck and punished for rejection as Pharaoh was but will know the blessings of God in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will acknowledge who God is and His authority; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will trust God’s leading in your life.