“AND THE DOG DIED!”

MOUNTAIN TO VALLEY IN A MATTER OF DAYS

It was a few days filled with reflection, repentance, and hearing God reveal His will for a new direction and focus for His church. I came back from these denominational meetings with clarity and hope for the future of God’s church. I went as a representative from my home state. Then I came back, down the “mountain top”, to a valley of everyday problems.

My family met me as I got off the plane. I was exhausted, mind blown by the experience of the previous few days, but still hopeful. I guess the tiredness was showing on my face when I was met with these first words from my daughter, “I know you’re tired but the dog died and lots of other stuff happened!” My three kids were not used to just having dad handle all the “at home stuff” of life. 

The other two chimed in with other tales of woe as I was waiting to get my luggage. I felt as though I was being beaten down to size, as I listened. I could feel my shoulders drooping lower and lower. It was a bit overwhelming. I looked at my husband who’s glance told me he was very glad I was home to help him deal with life, together, again. I look back on that and smile. My kids missed me and chose to “throw up” all that information at once.

Moses has spent 40 days and 40 nights with the LORD, GOD, Himself on a mountain top. While this endearing leader was gone from his people, they assumed he left them for good and decided to have their own way and par-tay! In the worst way. 

Yes, Moses’ mountain top experience concluded with God giving him the stone tablets “inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of God”! Wow! And then…

“Then the LORD told Moses, ‘Quick! Go down the mountain! The people you brought from Egypt have defiled themselves. They have already turned from the way I commanded them to live. They have made an idol shaped like a calf, and they have worshiped and sacrificed to it.” Exodus 32, NLT

God is angry, so angry, that He wants to destroy them all! (Notice God says “the people YOU brought from Egypt”. He doesn’t even want to claim them as His!) From mountain to valley of desecration in a matter of days. Moses reminds God of His ultimate promise to them and God’s anger is subsided. Moses was Israel’s advocate, in spite of how sinful they became. 

Life. It’s like that. Highs and lows. But God is with us still. He knew we needed a Savior…One who could save us…from ourselves and our own sin. Yes, He has seen us at our worst and our best. Jesus, our Advocate, sinless and perfect, our Savior, goes before the God of Heaven every day for us. This plan of salvation was no accident or after thought. It was His plan from the beginning of time. God knows us better than we know ourselves. And loves us, still.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” John 3:16-17

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you. Cleanse our hearts. Restore unto us the joy of our salvation when we deal with “valley” things of life. Renew right spirits in us. In Jesus Name, Our Advocate, Amen.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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