LET THE WINDS KEEP BLOWING –
There were many times and many reasons for Moses to become exasperated and fed up with how Pharaoh and the Egyptians were treating the children of Israel, to whom God had sent him to lead out of bondage and slavery from Egypt. Perhaps nothing hit him any harder and made his head spin any faster than when he saw how they scoffed at the signs and wonders God gave him to convince these heathens that he was the servant of the Most High God. That’s why Moses came to God out of desperation, seeking His guidance and strength. The one thing Moses wanted more than anything was to let God know that he believed deliverance would come just as He promised.
“O Sovereign God, our LORD Eternal, isn’t it time for You, our Heavenly Judge, to do something now to pay back these arrogant people what they deserve? Who knows how long they will keep celebrating and bragging with exaggerated claims of how they insulted and demoted Your children, O LORD Eternal, as well as terrorizing the widows, the visitors, and the orphans, then teasing everyone by saying, ‘Your LORD, the One True God of Jacob, can’t figure out what’s going on.’ But I ask these hooligans and mindless idiots, ‘Let’s see if you can figure this out, or maybe you’re just too dumb to see what’s really happening? Can the same God who created the eye and the ear not see and hear this? Do you really believe that the One who teaches what’s right and holds the scales of justice in His hand will not administer punishment for such foolishness?’ Believe me, the LORD Eternal understands what you’re up to, and that it is pointless and of no value. So LORD let everyone count their blessings if You are the One who governs their conscience; the One who teaches them through His Word so they will have peace of mind during times of stress, while waiting for the evil-minded to get caught at what they are doing. For the LORD Eternal will never forsake His people; no, He will never abandon those who depend on Him. He will see to it that the rules of honesty are enforced, and that all those who are decent in heart will live by them.” Psalm 94:1-15
Reflection: A well-known British hymn writer was traveling through Somerset County in southwest England when he arrived at Mendip Hills, through which ran the famous Cheddar Gorge. The rocky sides of the gorge rise some 370 feet on both sides, creating a deep ravine that’s hard to negotiate even on a good day. On this particular occasion a violent rain storm hit just as song writer Augustus Toplady was trying to pass through the gorge, so he quickly ran for cover under an overhanging rock. As he stood there waiting for the storm to subside, he felt inspired to write some words about what he was seeing and how he felt. So he pulled out a playing card and wrote the following words on the margin: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee; let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure; saved from wrath and make me pure.” While God did not keep the storm away just because He saw it might make Mr. Toplady’s journey difficult, He did offer him a place of safety until the storm passed by. It sounds as if Moses sought God for the same reason, and I believe he would not hesitate to join Mr. Toplady in singing these moving words. Perhaps they both can help us see that even though we ask God to quiet the storm and still the waves so it doesn’t rock our ship, the tempest might still go on. However, rather than get angry with God for allowing it to happen, we accept the care and place of protection He provides as a constant companion to those who remain faithful to Him.