Ever had questions about God’s dealings with you or a dear friend. Either you or they faced severe challenges and things just didn’t turn out like you prayed they would or you thought they should. Nobody is perfect! We all have issues and challenges we’ve struggled with but we’ve learned to depend on the fundamental fairness, grace and goodness of God… And then stuff happened to us or our friends that just didn’t fit our expectations (and faith… a severe test of faith if you please). What happened just didn’t seem like the Lord! It seemed unfair to us! The temptation? To accuse the Lord of being unfair or uncaring. Hasn’t happened to you yet? … Hang on, sometime it will (read the book of Job for a case study on this issue)!
In my Bible reading this morning I read the “Song of Moses” in Deuteronomy 32… In many ways it’s not a pleasant read. The children of Israel are on threshold of entering the Promised Land. God had done some incredible things to provide for and deliver His people! Then some severe failures and painful judgment… like 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The song is filled with reminders of God’s faithfulness and their failures… of recollection of God’s wonders and warnings.
At the outset though Moses does something I think we all need to learn to do when things happen to us that we don’t understand… He “justified” (or affirmed his belief in) the character of God! Here’s how the song opens…
“Then Moses spoke the words of this song … in the ears of all the assembly of Israel: ‘Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth! May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! Our Rock, His work is perfect! All His ways are justice! A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He!’” (Deuteronomy 31:30 – 32:4)
There are many things I don’t understand… there are things that have happened to me and my friends I don’t have an answer for… And the future? Who knows but God, what will come my way. I’m sure I’ll have some questions moving forward that beg for answers… And ultimately there is only one adequate answer to those… the just, the faithful, the loving character of my Heavenly Father! I’ve got to trust Him!!
Gotta tell you, I want to learn from Moses… On the cusp of the challenges and opportunities that the future brings — when I really don’t know all that is going to happen to me or my friends — I’m going to affirm what I believe and know to be the character of my God! … “I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! Our Rock, His work is perfect! All His ways are justice! A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He!”