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? 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. 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.’ ” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.” Moses replied: “It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.” EXODUS 32:11-18 NIV
In the previous verses, we saw how the Israelites became disobedient, "stiff necked people" and turned away from God. God spoke to Moses saying that He's destroy them, spare Moses and make him a great nation. Today's verse, shows Moses' response. Moses interceded on behalf of the people. He wasn't just concerned about being saved himself. Moses cared about the salvation of the people as well as the reputation of God. So he prayed and begged God not to destroy the people. He reminded God of His own words, knowing that God is not a man that He should lie (read Numbers 23:19). Moses understood the power of God's word (read Jeremiah 1:12, Isaiah 55:11). God responded to Moses and didn't destroy the people!
Many of us, in some area of our lives have disobeyed, turned away from God, and put other things or people before Him. However you have sinned against God, REPENT! Have you been waiting on God? Don't become like the stiff necked people, who became impatient, self reliant, rebellious, and disobedient toward God. We saw how angry that made Him! But faith pleases God. Trust Him & wait on Him. As you wait, read His word concerning trust and faith and remind Him of what He said! Build up your faith! Are their people in your life that you see going down a path of destruction? Intercede for them! Pray & beg God for their salvation. Pray His word over them. Fast & pray if you feel led.
Everlasting Father, I come boldly before You in the name of Jesus, I thank You for Your mercy and grace toward me. Thank You for renewed strength as I wait upon You. I thank You for the power given me in Christ to move mountains by faith. I thank You for Your unfailing love, for You're a God that isn't slow in keeping His promises, but You're a patient God not wanting anyone to perish. I lift up (names of people) to You and I pray that they would come to salvation. Deliver them from the hand of the enemy in the name of Jesus. You sent Jesus into the world to seek and save the lost, I call upon Your name Jesus for these people, save them, heal them, set them free in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Ikeya Norris, Kidz Connection Coordinator
North Braddock Campus