and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Exodus 5:21
Being liked is something most people want. They want to be liked by the people they are around. Some even desire to be very popular. They would like to be like some celebrities, whom every one knows who they are no matter where they go.
In order to be popular with the people, many will do whatever it takes. Often personal standards are compromised or completely tossed out. People will do what everyone likes, just to make them happy and be popular. When a person speaks, they will say what the others want to hear, in order to be loved and popular.
This type of action has also occurred in the church. There are different preachers who will only speak good words and refuse to talk about sinful acts and God’s coming judgement. They want to be popular.
However, doing God’s will is not always the most popular thing to do. Moses was told by God to go before Pharaoh to demand he let the Israelites go. Instead of releasing the people, he made their life harder. This made Moses unpopular with the people.
Even though he was unpopular, Moses continued to do what was God’s desire for him to do. He did not bend under the pressure to be liked or popular with the people.
Doing what God wants is not always the easiest or most popular thing to do. It goes against the ways and desires of this world. Even inside the church, many people don’t see it as God’s will and fight against a person. They will talk bad about the person or even walk away.
As a believer, God may call you to do some work for Him that may not be popular with the people. It may turn both believers and non-believers against you, because they are refusing to see God’s will.
Yet, just as Moses did, you must continue to do what God has called you to do. Popularity will not get you into heaven. It is faith, trust and obedience that will get you to heaven. Obedience is what will allow God to say you have done well, good and faithful servant.
How well are you doing God’s will today?
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will do God’s will for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that God will protect you from the people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.