Moses told the Israelites all that God said, reminding them that he is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…and of his promise to bring them out of Egypt, to a safe and beautiful, promised land.
…but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage. (vs.9, 1984 NIV)
Our three sons serve actively in the military. At times, they are deployed simultaneously. My grandfathers served in World War II and my husband was a Marine. Each one served (and serves) out of a deep sense of patriotism for a great nation.
But as I type, there is a toxic battle raging and our country is bitterly divided. My heart hurts when I see what we’re becoming…what we’ve become. And I long for the simpler days of my childhood. I long for the days following 9-11, when neighborhoods were lined with American flags and Americans were unified. When loving our country and celebrating its Godly birth was something to be proud of…not something to be shamed.
At this moment, it’s unclear which way our nation will go in the upcoming election. But quite frankly, whichever way it goes, there will be turmoil. And sometimes (more often than I’d like to admit) I’m afraid and angry…overcome with discouragement, feeling enslaved to the will of man, instead of to the will of God.
Is this how the Israelites felt? Is this why they didn’t listen to Moses….to God?
May it not be said of me, Lord. Turn my discouragement to joy, knowing that you remain the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Your power doesn’t decrease in the valley and we will never be consumed. Your mercy is great. You’re a safe place in times of trouble and you never turn your back on those who seek you.
Thank you, Jesus, for holding me safe in your hand. Please…overcome discouragement and bondage today, and open my ears to hear your voice.