Seeking to please people by Christians is seen by today’s devotional as a suicide mission to an extent. Biblical injunctions for Christians include being homely, hospitable, approachable communicating and others. But when it comes to doing things to please human beings, caution should not be thrown into the wind. Endeavour to please people has destroyed many people in the faith. Trying to please people tends to influence one into compromising that usually ended up in disasters. Toady’s devotional is using Moses as a case study in seeking to please people. The study pitched its tent on the story that made Moses to be wearing veil over his face in other for the Israelites stand before him at times of meetings.
Moses, till date, remains a great leader known for his humility and meekness. He was a bold leader who confronted Pharaoh to lead his people out of Egypt. His love for Israelites and passion to make them enjoy full grace of God is inexplicable. He always stood between them and God when God’s anger rose against them. He prayed God not to kill Miriam with leprosy (Numb. 12: 9 – 13). He prayed God not to kill his people after they raised a golden calf as their god in the wilderness (Exod. 33: 12 – 24). He prayed God to save Israelites again in Numbers 14: 13 – 19. He began a journey to compromise his anointing for pleasing his people after he returned from the mountain where he stayed with God 40 days and 40 nights. Moses came down from the mountain full of God’s glory that his face shone like radiant of the sun. His people feared to look at his face directly.
On realizing this, Moses chose to be wearing veil any time he came to meet with his people. Probably he was doing this to please them. The aftermath of this was that, with time God’s glory upon Moses began to fade. His people started reducing their loyalty to him. Apostle exposed why the glory of God began to fade under the veil Moses was wearing to the meetings. He said this: “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: and not as Moses, which put veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished…” (2 Cor. 3: 12-13 KJV). This statement means Moses used the veil till the glory start fading. Here is the lesson. When you are bent on pleasing people outside God’s instruction, your value will fade one day!
HOLY SIPIRT, be close to my hearts and mind that I will not expend God’s glory upon me in order to please people who will not value my love for them. I pray in Jesus name.