“The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.” But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book. But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”
He who leads and no one follows… is only taking a walk.
It is discouraging to help someone and find they have returned to the same situation you just pulled them through. Many times, I have guided someone to get help for an addiction to which they eventually returned. It hurts your heart to see the consequences: losing health, a family, or even a life.
Paul’s heart hurt for the Romans in their disbelief. Moses heart hurt for the Jews returning to idol worship. My heart hurt for family going through physical and mental crisis.
Many times, it seems we are the only ones who see the train coming and we can’t get anyone off of the tracks. So, what do we do? Kneel in prayer! Stand in truth! Walk in love!
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?