I re-read the June newsletter, after I sent it (unfortunately), and I thought to myself, “What a pretentious twit I am!” Comparing myself to Luther at the Diet of Worms was kind of ridiculous in that he was looking at the business end of a torch when he made his stand, and while, at worst, I guess I could be martyred, likely not here in St. Louis. In my defense, I did say that “if I am entrenched, I pray that my entrenchment may be like Luther,” in that, when it comes to culture’s denial of the clear Word of God, all I want to be able to do is stand on that.
But, since I’m comparing myself to great religious figures in history now, I’m going to compare myself to Moses, who in the Jewish culture is considered the great Law-giver. Comparing myself to Moses is all about the law. Moses was asked to serve God and his response was, “couldn’t you find someone else?” OK, this is a paraphrase of Exodus 3-4, but when God called Moses, Moses voiced four objections before he said, in Ex. 4:13, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” The text goes on with “Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses…”
Has God ever called you to do something that you just didn’t want to do? Today, I had two meetings with Jewish people that, for whatever reason, I really didn’t want to have. In fact, I was tempted to call the first and make some excuse for why I couldn’t meet with him. As I was looking for a good excuse, two presented themselves that were very reasonable. One, I considered, would have been very pleasant to do, and the other, if I wasn’t careful and attentive to it, would cost me some money. I didn’t need four objections to the task, two seemed sufficient. Fortunately, I fought through the temptation, carried through with both meetings, and they were so wonderful, almost, may I say, miraculous! Both have opened the door to a greater relationship, both were substantive conversations about faith and one even about Jesus. We prayed together! On my way back to the office, I was praising God for making me do what I didn’t want to do! I’m not sure that God’s anger was kindled against me, but I am sure that His Holy Spirit was nudging!
Mo’adai (מועדי ), these are “divine appointments,” that God makes with people and they are set. The only question is who is going to be there. What a joy to make it to the appointment and watch God at work!