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 need 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. 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 healthy relationship with Him, His creation and other people. That often means that serving Him means simply doing the next right thing – the thing that honors those relationships.
Applying this to life
As I prepare to take a team of FH bloggers to Guatemala on August 4, I want to take some time reflect on how God has brought me to this point in my life, and how He can use me to help quell physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering in the world today.
I grew up as the middle child of five children with a single mom. I saw my dad once a year until I was a teenager, then he stopped visiting. My parents divorced when I was young, so I don’t remember the love of a father and never experienced his loving discipline or example.
I could imagine the love of a father, but I could never experience it until we had our first child, Emily. That was a pivotal moment for me, beginning a walk that has led me to Food for the Hungry.
For decades, the answer to solving poverty and hunger was to provide resources or food. This doesn’t solve the problem, this just puts a series of band-aids on a gushing wound. At FH, we don’t address poverty or hunger through just providing food or resources, we work to fix the problem: broken relationships. Relationships within families, communities, between people and God.
I’m looking forward to seeing the schools, new wells for clean water, and the churches FH works with in Guatemala. Most of all, I’m looking forward to seeing mended relationships. Seeing people come together around a common cause. Seeing how the work we do will make a sustainable future for a community.