As the Lenten season leads us to Easter, our times of seeking God can lead us to repentance. But undoubtedly we mean our need to repent, not God’s!
Moses had other thoughts. His honesty, faith, and daring placed him face-to-face with God – a position which can also lead to confrontation!
Exodus 32:11-13 – King James Version
And Moses besought the Lord his God,
and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot
against thy people, which thou hast
brought forth out of the land of Egypt
with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak,
and say, For mischief did he bring them out,
to slay them in the mountains, and to consume
them from the face of the earth?
Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent
of this evil against thy people.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
thy servants, to whom thou swarest
by thine own self, and saidst unto them,
I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven,
and all this land that I have spoken of will I give
unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019
Exodus 32:11-13 – paraphrased
O, Lord, why are You so angry
with Your people – the very ones
You rescued with such great power?
After displaying Your mighty force,
do You really want everyone
to think You brought us here
to strike us dead?
Please do not bring disaster!
Remember Your faithful servants
who have gone before us –
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob –
and how You promised them
more numerous than stars.
From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased by nullMary Harwell Sayler, ©2019
As Christians, we’re also to be honest with God and express our faith, knowing Jesus is beside us, ready to help.
“For there is one God, and there is one Mediator for all people – Jesus Christ,” 1 Timothy 2:5.
“Jesus Christ has negotiated a new covenant between God and us,” Hebrews 9:15.
Throughout Lent and beyond, may we always feel free to approach the Lord with what troubles us – no matter what!
Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2020