“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” – Exodus 20:2 (ESV)
Isn’t it interesting that the majority of Americans will tell you that the Ten Commandments are a list of “thou shall nots?” Actually, close scrutiny reveals that they deal with relationships – the first four with our personal relationship with God and the next six are about our relationships with other people.
How fitting it is that the liaison between God and us for the Ten Commandments was Moses. His relationship with God is truly legendary. His time in God’s presence found him anointed with Shekinah Glory.
Shekinah Glory denotes the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God. It caused Moses to hide his face from Aaron, and others, when returning from Mount Sinai. How wonderful it would be to enjoy that closeness to God!
Moses was chosen by God, however, because he understood the needs of God’s people. A prince in the house of Pharaoh, he saw their despair and suffering. He lashed out to right the wrong himself, slaying an Egyptian overlord. But it took 40 years in the wilderness for him to learn what God really wanted him to do to: bring relief to His people.
Hopefully, it won’t take 40 years for God to get through to us. As you seek to do what God requires of you, become attuned to how you can help quell physical, emotional and spiritual suffering in the world today.
You will find that God does not require guilt from you. He offers no condemnation. He just wants you to be in a healthy relationship with Him, His creation and other people. That often means that serving Him by simply doing the next right thing – the thing that honors those relationships.
Adapted from the FH Discover & Respond 40 Day Devotional
When Jeremy Reis originally wrote this devotion, he also took some time to reflect on how God had brought him to this point in his life, and how God could use him to help quell the physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering in the world today.
Jeremy grew up as the middle child of five kids with a single mom. He saw his dad once a year until he was a teenager, then he stopped visiting. His parents divorced when he was young, so he didn’t remember the love of a father and never experienced his loving discipline or example.
He could imagine the love of a father, but Jeremy never experienced it until he and his wife had their first child, Emily. That was a pivotal moment for him, beginning a walk that led him to Food for the Hungry (FH).
While at FH, Jeremy learned we don’t address poverty or hunger through just providing food or resources, we work to fix the root problems: broken relationships – like family relationships that need repairing, community relationships that need mending, relationships between people and God that need healing.
(For decades, the answer to solving poverty and hunger was to provide resources or food, but this doesn’t resolve the problem for good, it just puts a series of band-aids on a gushing wound).
At FH, Jeremy discovered the schools, new wells for clean water, and the churches FH works to provide in poverty stricken countries. Most of all, he’s discovered mended relationships, people coming together around a common cause, and how the work FH does around the world makes a sustainable future for a community, and brings relief to His people.
What can you do to help mend broken relationships, and bring relief to His people? One excellent way is to show your love by sponsoring a child through FH. Your support will impact the child, their family and their community to help mend broken relationships.
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