“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16.
What’s amazing about this verse is not what it says, but who it’s being said to. Moses, in speaking for God, is saying it to Pharaoh. It teaches us that no matter who we are, God's purpose is for us to proclaim His name in all the earth. The problem is we often get ourselves in the way of proclaiming His name.
Undoubtedly that’s what happened to Pharaoh. He was busy building a great name for himself, building magnificent buildings at the expense of others. God sent the plagues to Pharaoh, not just so he would let His people go, but so that Pharaoh would, even though unwillingly, proclaim God’s name as great in all the earth.
The apostle Paul reminds us that someday, “every knee should bow, . . .and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 The question I have is if someday we will all fulfill our purpose and proclaim His glory then why not willingly and why not now?