MEMORISE: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
READ: Judges 6:11-16
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw
the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the
tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exodus 32:19
And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire,
and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the
children of Israel drink of it. Exodus 32:20
Bible in one year: Genesis 43-46
In the game of boxing, there are three major blows – the jab, the hook
and the upper cut. Let us look at the life of Moses while in the boxing
ring of life. Moses had a weak point – sudden anger. This was revealed
to his enemies the day he struck an Egyptian and he died (Exodus
2:11-12). After children of Israel had left Egypt, Pharaoh and his men
gave them a hot chase to the extent that the Israelites rebelled against
Moses in Exodus 14:11-12. This was a jab from the devil and Moses
dodged it. Similarly, after the Israelites had crossed the Red sea, they
got to the bitter waters of Marah and they murmured (Exodus 15:23-25).
This was another jab from the devil and Moses dodged it. In Exodus
16:2-3, when they were hungry, they murmured against Moses again. It was
another jab that Moses overcame. However, in Exodus 17:1-2, the next
jab that came, Moses could not dodge it. When the devil saw that Moses
was becoming weary, he gave the hook and it landed successfully in
Exodus 32:19-20. Moses was angry. Do you say his anger was a holy anger
and therefore justified? Anger is anger holy or not.
By the time we get to Numbers 11:4-6, 10-15, we find Moses blaming
God. He almost began to see himself as the provider, as if he had been
the one providing for the people all along. He even asked God to kill
him. Can you imagine how the devil exploited the weakness of Moses and
turned him against the Almighty God? From this point, Moses began to
diminish. His anointing was then distributed among 70 elders
(Numbers11:16). Finally, the devil’s uppercut came in Numbers 20:1-4,
7-12 and Moses experienced defeat. Do you celebrate when you dodge
Satan’s jab? Some people do. He may give you space but will surely
return with another jab. Satan wants to wear you out, so in all you do,
never allow Satan to wear you out. Never allow Satan to turn you against
your Helper – the Almighty God. If he succeeds in making you believe
his lies, then he has really got you. The Lord will give you victory
over internal enemies. Commit them to God and ask Him to deal with them.
Today, you are in the ring of life, how are you coping? Ask for grace to be victorious.