11 But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. Exodus 32:11-14
Moses pled with God to withhold His judgement. Was it that Moses was so persuasive that God relented, or was something else going on here?
We do know that God never changes. Obviously God was going to keep His covenant with Israel. Moses’ intercession on behalf of the sinful Israelites is commendable. He loved His people and would rather the Lord not wipe them out!
The Lord had no intention of destroying them now. Rather, He was displaying His anger towards them in a way that Moses would understand. Moses would ultimately have to deal with them face to face, so he would know firsthand of the Lord’s righteous anger.
We’re seeing rumblings of something happening in the spiritual world that parallels what is happening in the physical world. We all know the impact this Coronavirus is having on society, but what about the spiritual world.
It’s interesting to see political leaders search and scramble for viable solutions. They supposedly have access to the best of the best physicians, immunologists, and epidemiologists in the world. Laboratories are working overtime to come up with a vaccine and cure.
Some politicians initially asked for the prayers of the people, but those requests were criticized and mocked relentlessly. Now churches are closed and “meeting” online every week. The mayor of New York city even said that perhaps there should be a permanent ban on churches meeting together.
That certainly sounds to me like a spiritual war going on all around us, doesn’t it?
Except, very few are noticing it. Like Moses, he was oblivious to what was happening nearby.
But like Moses, it’s time for us to intercede on behalf of our nation, wherever you are when you read this. The war is real even if we can’t see the enemy.
Pray for the raging war around us.
Pray that eyes would be opened to the reality of that unseen war.
Pray that hearts will be drawn to Jesus in the midst of this seemingly hopeless scenario.
Pray that you will have peace in the midst of so much turmoil.
”The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16