Have you ever wondered what a non-believer thought about the God of Israel? What did the pagan Gentiles, who worshipped their own gods, think of the God that led the Hebrew people out of Egyptian bondage?
Recall that Rahab heard of the Red Sea crossing and the deeds of Jehovah (Joshua 2). Her hearing about God motivated her faith in Him. Others heard about God too but not all of them turned to Him. So what did they think?
Isaiah mentions just that in his writing:
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
They see God as someone who helps the poor, who assists the needy, who gives shelter to those under a storm, who gives relief to those burning in the heat, and who protects His people when enemies threaten.
I wonder what the lost today think about God. Very likely their ideas about God reflect the way God’s people treat the world around them. Am I a person that helps the poor and assists the needy? Do I provide shelter and relief to those in distress? There are things I can do to help those around me, but if I fail to act like God then I reflect poorly on Him. As a result the unbeliever might never turn to Him.
On the other hand if I do the things that God would have me do, I might be the reason a non-believer says “I want to serve the God that you serve.”
This year let’s all resolve to be more godly toward our fellow man. Let’s help, assist, relieve and protect as much as we can, and thus let our lights shine for the lost to see.