DAY 214 OF 365 IN 2021
ANOTHER DIMENSION OF GRACE
Exodus 11:10 Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly kindled; Moses was also displeased.
It is interesting that we read the words in today’s text knowing very well the efforts God went through to bring Israel out of Egypt with mighty works. Today however, God’s anger was waxing hot and Moses, our character of interest was at breaking point. In fact, he was having an absolute meltdown and one cannot fault him for this.
We recall in Exodus 32:7 when God, who had been described as slow to anger and abounding in love, passed the buck to Moses in these words “Go down and have a look because YOUR people, whom you have brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. That was God speaking as though he had nothing to do with them.
Jobs can become tiring or boring, and routines can become monotonous; but with people, one can become ‘frustrated’. There are situations where others seem to bring out the very worst in a person: those challenging to deal with, stubborn, or over the top – people who push every ounce of our kindness, compassion and love to the limit. Oh yes, there are many like that.
Beloved, it will be a costly mistake to forget that man is also a creature with emotions. These should however not take leading in every situation. There are people we encounter whose role is solely to bring out the very best version of ourselves, to push us to the tipping point and bring out the version of us that defies ‘the normal response’. Remember, it takes an unusual dimension of grace to stay one’s hand, to keep quiet or to endure because in many cases, that is not the ‘normal’ response.