But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.'” And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.
Exodus 32:11-14 ESV
This pleading of Moses to God happened after Israelites fell into idolatry. God was about to take his wrath upon the Israelites. But Moses implored on his people to be spared from disaster and God listened. It got me to thinking God knew what was all about to happen – the frailties of His people into idolatry, Moses interceding and His relenting from giving the punishment. Given that nothing surprises the Lord or hidden to His knowledge, it only showed how loving, gracious and merciful God is, who keeps His promise from generation to generation. God had every reason to put His judgment upon His people but He remembered those (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) who were faithful to Him and honored His word to them.
Moreover, this passage depicted a relational God. Moses’ statements used to appeal to God were bold, passionate and deeply personal. Moses sure would not be able to utter those words if God saw their relationship only as master and servant. Instead, the relationship felt more like of an intimate friendship or even more like that of a father and son’s, which one can be free and very open to say what is on his mind and what he feels.
Praise God that He is the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow! That whenever I pray thru Jesus, our Eternal Father in heaven listens. And I am thankful that God answers my prayers not because I convince Him but because He is sovereign and nothing is hidden from Him, thus, every answered prayer is a sure victory. Finally, this motivates me to pour out my emotions every time I pray, the same way as Moses, to hold no bar and be personal because my God willingly listens and welcomes me to a relationship with Him.
Soli Deo Gloria!