Once upon a time there was a very wealthy man, in fact one of the wealthiest in his days. He had everything going for him. He had a great family, great friends, was well respected in his town, everyone wanted to listen to him and even the Highest Ruler loved, respected and even bragged on Him.
But one day, calamity befell him and he lost all he had, all his wealth all his family, everything… well except for his wife. And on top of that he fell ill, the kind of illness that was very irritating and repulsive to look at.
Suddenly things changed, his wife despised him and his friends were so sure he deserved what he got.
If you thought I was talking about Job then you thought right.
There was another man who had run away from his town where his whole tribe was enslaved to the king and people of the land but he lived in the palace like a son of the king. But he had to run away, away from his comfort zone, a place where he was a dignitary and very affluent, a place where he had lived all his life and was very familiar with. He had mistakenly killed a man and ran away on exile.
But he was okay now, he had found a wife where he ran to, his father-in-law was well to do and he was very comfortable with his new life. He was content with working for his father-in-law; he had been blessed with two sons in the strange land where he ran to. He was not complaining at all…
Then one day, The King of all kings called out to him while he was at work minding the sheep and asked him to go back to that land and free his towns men.
Not to bore you with details he went and he got them out, it wasn’t as easy as I make it seem.
Now, these people were not nice to the man at all, after all he had gone through to bring them out of bondage they cursed him, murmured against him and made mockery of him. They told him he was wicked and didn’t have their good in mind; they said he brought them out to kill them…
You are right again; I am talking about Moses.
Why am I sharing these?
I learnt from both true-life stories that God does not expect us to return evil for evil. Not even when the chances present themselves for us to.
Take Job for instance, God commanded his friends to go and apologize to him with sacrifices so he could pray for them, in order to prevent His (God’s) wrath from coming on them. Job 42: 7-10
Job had several choices, refuse to pray, scold them and recount all their offenses before he prays, taunt them and mock them before he prays, or just forgive them, love them and pray for them.
I guess you know that he chose; to forgive them, love them and pray for them.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?
And Moses? I cannot help the awe I feel whenever I think of him. Several times God wanted to destroy the children of Israel but Moses always fell on his face to beg for them. He didn’t rejoice and say, “Yes! They deserve it!”
He didn’t keep quiet and watch God do what He wanted to do, he felt compassion, he was not happy, he prayed and interceded for them.
Something even more amazing happened: God gave Moses an irresistible offer, “Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heavens; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”
Deuteronomy 9: 14 (Emphasis mine)
A fantastic offer to make Moses a nation mightier and greater…Would you have grabbed the offer or what?!
Keep reading to see what Moses did:
“Then I fell down before the Lord as before, for forty days and forty nights; I neither ate food nor drank water, because of all the sin you had committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.
For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure which the Lord held against you, enough to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me that time also.”
No he did not, he rather fasted for forty days and nights interceding for God’s mercy on them, (I wonder if I would be able to do that). God’s way is not the world’s way, it is the highest way, the best way. The people who are not nice to us, who seem to hate us, who despise us… God says to love them, forgive them and pray for them.
Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].
Amplified Bible (AMP)
For Moses and Job it did not take away the greatness God had in store for them, rather it put them on the platform to receive God’s blessing.
It will do the same for you and I.
Selah! (Pause and think about this)
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