“But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.””
Exodus 5:2 ESV
Pharaoh asked the question “Who is the Lord?” This is an important question to answer. In fact, we answer each day by the choices we make. Pharaoh answers the question by saying he doesn’t know the Lord and therefore he will not obey the Lord. How revealing! When we don’t know the Lord, we do not obey. Moreover when we disobey the Lord it’s as if we didn’t know Him! Our actions reveal to us what we truly believe. We cannot escape the revelation of ourselves through our expressions.
What we say, the language we use, the music we listen to or things we watch all reveal Who or what the Lord is to us. Is He the One who rules our lives or do we simply have Him as a figurehead? Is He the One we submit to or do we rule our own lives?
Many do not want to submit in such ways to God because of the “restrictive nature” God seems to impose. How ironic…God came to Pharaoh seeking to set His people free. Submitting to the correct worship of God will set you free from the burden and hardship of slaving away in your life of meaninglessness. Ask yourself the hard question: what in my life really satisfies me on a spiritual level? What really gives my life meaning and value and purpose?
Until we recognize God and obey His voice, we are serving as our own god and lord of life. It didn’t end well for Pharaoh and it won’t end well for others who choose to be their own gods.
Who is the Lord and do you know Him?
How have you submitted to the Lord’s leadership in your life?
Is your life marked by obedience?