Do not be afraid to speak

Spectrum_SpeakingOutThen the Lord said to Moses, “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.” So Moses and Aaron did it; as the Lord commanded them, thus they did. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh. (Exodus 7:1-7)

There’s true dignity in being able to speak God’s truth to others. It’s a privilege and an opportunity that we cannot take for granted. We must take the task seriously. This dignity cannot be bought or sold; it’s a gift from God. Wonderful things can happen, and even challenges, when we obey God and speak His word to whomever He commands us to speak. We may be afraid or intimidated, but if the Lord commands us we cannot shrink back and pretend that we do not have the responsibility. Sadly God’s purposes are not accomplished when we fail to speak His truth in love. Many of His children remain timid and afraid, unable to open their mouths for fear of the consequences. Others, who proudly confess that they have come to know the truth that is in Christ Jesus, will remain silent before their peers because they long more for their approval rather than the approval of God. Why are we afraid to speak? Let us feel honored that God has given us the task to become His voice in a world that do not want to hear Him. We may be disregarded or laughed at, but God has given us the dignity to speak His word to others. Speak then, and do not be afraid. Tell others about the good news of deliverance that is found only in Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord and Savior.