“They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea. So he said he would destroy them – had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.” Psalm 106:21-23.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Chronicles 16, Psalm 106, and Matthew 19.
That was close!
God’s anger at the sinful Israelites reached the place where He intended to destroy them all and start over with Moses.
The Israelites were frequently clueless about God. He would bless them, and they would drift away from His control. Into a “ditch” they would go, and after a while they would be begging Him to bail them out. This didn’t just happen once!
I like these verses for several reasons: (1) I, like the Israelites, often senselessly drift away from God, and (2) I, like Moses, can stand in the gap for others.
How easy it is to condemn the Israelites. Why don’t they get it? How can they stray from a God who has done so much for them? And then I look accurately at my own life. I do the same, foolish thing. And like Israel, when things are going smoothly is when I let go of Him and slide into self-management……and trouble.
In a world filled with “mountains” it is refreshing to know that my interactions with God can carry weight. I believe that this country has survived because interceders have begged God for it to be so. I believe that my godless family members have been kept alive because interceders within my family have begged God to do so.
“Lord, the more I know about You the more amazed/dazzled I am. You are truly remarkable. I beg You to spare the lives of the God-deniers within my family so that they will have more time to get right with You. I pray for my neighbors as well in that same vein. Be merciful, I plead.”
Be like Moses in your family.