Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
“You taking to me?” There are some people, thankfully not most, who tend to say whatever comes to their mind as soon as it comes. Many folks in this category stay in some kind of trouble with the people around them. Many people wonder when they’ll learn to control their tongue. Thankfully, most folks are either not geared in that manner, or have learned to bite their tongue before just blurting out words. Jesus said we “take thought” by saying, or speaking them. A thought unspoken is a thought untaken. As my mother used to tell me, “You can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but you don’t have to let them nest in your hair.” Thank God men like Moses, as least most of the time, “took no thought saying.” Still, as long as there is an enemy to your soul, going about, seeking whom he may devour, thoughts will continue to come, often like machine gun fire, at your mind and tongue.
Consider Moses when God called him to the mountain to receive the Law. No one could see god, even though Moses once asked to do so. To look upon God would mean death. Yet God calls Moses for a face-to-face meeting on the mountain. Can you hear the thoughts of Moses? “You talking to me?” Still, Moses obeys, going to his meeting with God, receiving the Law, and returning to find Israel worshipping a golden idol. In his anger, Moses slams the tables of stone to the ground, breaking them. Now he is called back for another meeting with God. Now think for a moment. He has just broken the tables of stone on which God had written the Law, and now he is being called to another face-to-face with God. “You talking to me?” Still, he returns to meet with God again, to get new tables of stone with the Law written on them. Only this time, God requires Moses to do the writing. Another “You talking to me?” moment.
In this scenario, we see some wondrous things about our God. He wants us to know His Word, to carry His Word, to keep His Word and not break it. But then, what do we so often do? we break it. And there are times when we can dread that return to the Father, feeling like a failure, or even worse, a grievous violator of His covenant. Still, He has made a way for us to return. That’s where Jesus enters the picture for the saint who sins. If we turn to Jesus, confessing our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, returning us to right fellowship with Father. All that, even after our own “You talking to me?” moments.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4