Thursday: 4th April, 2019
Reference text: Exodus 32:7-14
Exodus 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
I recall the story of a man who claimed he was fed up with life and wanted to end it all. He got some rope and headed to an isolated location to carry out his plot. He was found with the rope around his waist swinging about and obviously, still alive. When a passerby asked him to fasten the noose around his neck if he was really ready fed up with life, he responded thus ‘the last time I tried it, I nearly died’. Most certainly, this man was not ready to stop living.
There is some similarity between the reading from Exodus and this story. The fact is, when someone is really determined to do anything, very little can stop them and often, they do not run it by others for fear of being talked out of it. However, in the reading today, God chooses to run his idea by Moses without needing to. You may refer to it as a test for Moses to grab it all and abandon the people. But on one hand, it certainly felt as though God was actually looking for someone to stop him from doing what he intended.
He wanted someone who could force his hand away because His intentions towards Israel was never to cause them harm, He was just really disappointed. Like Israel, His intentions towards us have never been to bring us harm. Beloved, we have a God so intent on ensuring our good that He finds even the smallest of excuses in his bid to preserve us. As much as He is heartbroken by some of the things we do towards Him and our neighbours, He still desires to find a way to let our relationship with him work without a permanent breaking apart.
That is who our God is: a really nice guy who looks out for us at all times. About that, there can be no qualms or argument.
Remember # Even in His anger, God seeks your good.