Memories and Missing the Moment - In His Grip - Week of August 29

In His Grip Devotions
by Dr. Chuck F. Betters

Memories and Missing the Moment

Our lives contain many chapters. There are childhood chapters, teen chapters, adult chapters, career chapters, family chapters and those chapters that mark the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. Personally, I am at the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. However, as in a great mystery novel when one chapter ends and another begins one cannot wait to see the unfolding of the multi-faceted plots. So it is with life. I am in transition and I must say I do not like it very much. The reason is that when I was younger I assumed there were many more chapters to open and close. I was much more patient then. Now that I am older I am running out of chapters. And I’m eager to know God’s plans so I can make every day count.

Exodus 31 recalls the story of Moses receiving the Law. Moses was 80 years old and his life had just begun.

And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18 ESV)

But at the base of that mountain all hell had broken loose (Exodus 32) as the kids of the covenant erected the golden calf and in effect had broken the laws written on those very tablets of stone. Moses had to deal with the crazies who jumped up and down like spoiled brats holding a temper tantrum around this stupid statue. They longed for Egypt, the good ole days of slavery and beatings. I wonder what Moses thought when he saw this. Did he think, “Oh no. Now I have to start all over again with these people?” How disappointing this must have been for him after the ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea and the drama of leading 600,000 (likely closer to one million) Jews and some Egyptians out of a 400-year period of slavery.

They quickly forgot God’s miraculous deliverance and reverted to what they knew from their former lives – gods of their making. Rather than trusting that God was opening a brand new chapter for them as He was closing another they missed the blessing of the moment. Just a hop, skip and a jump from where they were standing God did something amazing. But because it took so long they lost hope and backslid into idolatry. God had opened a brand new exciting chapter and they missed it.

Is God opening a new chapter in your life? Do you think it is it taking too long for you to figure out what it is? Are you losing patience? Have you already forgotten how faithful He has been to you in the past? Rest, recall and retool. God is about to do something amazing in your life. It may take a while for all of the pieces to come together but the puzzle parts will begin to make sense. God is building a beautiful mosaic in you. Trust Him! Wait! Do not look back to Egypt! It will happen.  Pray and expect Him to respond through His Word. Make the Word your Counselor and Encourager. He will rend the heavens and come down to you. He will invade your soul as He builds the masterpiece that is your life. In a quiet whisper He is saying to you “Be still, and know that I am God..!” (Psalm 46:10a ESV)

And imagine yourself snug in His lap, like a contented child, safely…

In His grip,
Dr. Chuck F. Betters


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