What if God were to speak to you and tell you that He was sick and tired of the state of affairs in America. He was finished with trying to reform a people who wanted nothing to do with Him.. Even the churches were in disrepair. Instead, God wants to start things all over with just you. He would wipe out the entire nation and set you up as His ‘number one’ and start over with a clean (well, relatively clean – we want to remain humble) slate.
Now before you get your panties in a bunch, God has tried this before. Remember Noah? God wiped out the whole human race and started all over with a 600 year old boat building zoo keeper. Why couldn’t He do the same with you?
I’m sure there are a few American’s that would take God up on His offer, and some day it’s going to happen when God wipes out the whole human race and establishes His new kingdom (Not a new America but a new Earth). Until then, our response should probably be more reflective of the character of Moses.
When God told Moses He was going to wipe out the nation of Israel and start over with this wise sage, Moses’ response was rather bold and piercing.
“O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.'” Exodus 32:11-13 esv
I wonder if when we prayed for our nation if we could implement the type of fearless compassion that Moses represented. Certainly it is going to be hard, especially as we are faced with the corruption in our society on a daily basis.
I find it interesting that right after that prayer, Moses goes down the mountain to find the very people he just prayed for in the worst array ever; drunk, worshiping idols, and acting immorally. With tempers raging Moses ordered a masicure and 3,000 men were executed.
It’s almost as if God planned all of this to test Moses’ resolve for what he had implored earlier. Moses comes down the mountain after beseeching God not to destroy His people only to find them worse than he could have imagined. Yet he goes back up to entreat God again on the people’s behalf.
“You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.” Exodus 32:30-32 esv
Wow! I can’t even begin to comprehend how Moses was able to stand before a holy, righteous judge and offer up his own eternal security for the preservation of a wicked and rebellious nation. What a picture of Christ.
Many years later there was another generation who had wandered from God. They hadn’t crafted a golden calf, but they had corrupted the essence of their religion to center around man rather than God. In reality, what they had done was far worse. They had crafted their own lives as the center of worship. A patriarchal intercessor was not enough at this time to defer the wrath of God, so it was His Son who went up the hill this time to intercede for the people. He offered Himself in the place of all mankind to atone for the wickedness and corruption of God’s creation. Instead of relenting this time, God took the offer and allowed His Son to die in the place of the reprobates.
What a beautiful representation for us to pray for our nation.
This week’s topic will center around prayer and how we ought to pray for the lost.
I’d love to hear some of your own prayers as comments.
LORD, I beseech You to intercede on behalf of this nation’s rebellion against You. I know You are sovereign, and You establish rulers. Nothing gets past Your ever watching eye. I pray that You would bless Your children and ignite in them a passion to seek You, preach Christ, and attend to the Spirit. That we might see a revival in the churches before we seek reform in the state. Amen.