Saturday, March 5 Devotion

from Beverly Abajian

Psalm 32; Exodus 32: 7-14; Luke 15: 1-10

While the cat is away the mice will play or worse.  That is what happened while Moses was up on the mountain topwith God.  Boy did the Israelites quickly forget all that God had done for them.   Aaron was in charge of the Israelites while Moses went up to talk to God to receive the 10 commandments.   But the people were getting antsy.  They just could not wait for Moses to come down and decided to kick Moses to the curb and begged Aaron to let them make an idol.  Where was their faith.?  We are no different.  God does something big for us and when the next trial comes along,  at times we canget all in a tizzy.  We become anxious and fearful and even try to take matters into our own hands and not trust God.

God of course knew all about this and was just about ready to destroythe Israelites.  However, it was Moses who “talked” Him out of it.    Moses reminded God of His promises to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel and in His mercy He changed His mind.

Exodus 32:13-  “ …’ I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven;  and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’”

Exodus 32:14- “ But the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”

In Luke 15: 10, Jesus shares some parables with thereligious leaders and His disciples.  The religious leaders were questioning Jesus why he was associating and eating with tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus told them a story of the lost sheep and the lost coin.  Jesus told how the shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one who got lost and then rejoices when that onesheep is found.

Luke 15:7 “’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 just persons who need no repentance.’”

In the same token with the parable of the lost coin Jesus said the woman searched high and low until she found it and then rejoices as does heaven.

In Psalm 32:1 “ Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

Jesus was on a search and rescue mission and we are to be as well.  We need to leave the comfortzones of our churches, Christian friends and Christian activities to go out and seek the “one” who is lost. It is not easy, safe or comfortable but neither was the cross.