Sunday: June 7, 2020
Reference: Exodus 34:4-9
Exodus 34:9 Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”
This is a prayer Moses offered for whole nation of Israel requesting for the presence of God in their company regardless of their stubbornness and ongoing rebellion. In other words, God was invited not to dwell on their stiff-neckedness as a people, but to hear the prayer of His servant, Moses.
The prayer of Moses seemed to be an acknowledgement of the status of Israel as a nation whose citizens were just unwilling to be mended or bended. Thus, while this prayer was a clear expression of their weaknesses, it held at its core an even deeper acknowledgement that God was able to see past those weaknesses to claim these people for His own.
Moses had the courage to utter the words of this prayer because the name of the Lord he had just heard was ‘The Lord, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy’. That introduction alone, was enough confirmation for Moses to have grounds to make such prayer.
Usually when we release our faith in a particular direction, it is because we have some reason to expect positive results. We lay our weaknesses aside, forget we even have them to pursue that goal we set before our eyes based on the information we have available and it’s apparent effects on our situation.
Moses invited God because he expected mercy and compassion even for a stubborn and rebellious Israel. So my dear, what stands in the way of realising your faith and inviting God into your situation? Are your weakness keeping you down and your mouth shut? For all you know, God is patiently waiting for you to call out and that is certainly in spite of who you are, what you’ve done or what you have.
If your invitation reaches His ears from a sincere heart, you can be certain He will respond.