Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What happens when you don't get your way?
For me, the biggest time this happened was when my sister died. She was 44 and had a loving husband and three kids at home. I prayed long and hard for God to heal her. And she died, after a long period of intense suffering and pain.
And it made no sense to me.
I was angry, disappointed, hurt and shaken. I knew God was up there, but He was making huge mistakes with my sister and her family and he wasn't listening to me with the most obvious solution. She needed to be miraculously healed!
Little did I realize that the same thing happened to Moses.
21 “At that time I gave Joshua this charge: ‘You have seen for yourself everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan. 22 Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.’
23 “At that time I pleaded with the Lord and said, 24 ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do? 25 Please let me cross the Jordan to see the wonderful land on the other side, the beautiful hill country and the Lebanon mountains.’
26 “But the Lord was angry with me because of you, and he would not listen to me. ‘That’s enough!’ he declared. ‘Speak of it no more. 27 But go up to Pisgah Peak, and look over the land in every direction. Take a good look, but you may not cross the Jordan River. 28 Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.’ 29 So we stayed in the valley near Beth-peor."
Was Moses bitter?
Was he angry?
He was surely disappointed!
Yeah - even Moses...