Is there a Moses for America?

Today’s reading took me into Deuteronomy where, once again, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. Israel wasn’t all that.
In Deut. 9:4 Moses tells Israel that it isn’t because of their righteousness that God is giving them the promised land, but because the enemy is so wicked. Then in verses 7 and 8 he reminds Israel how their own sin provoked the Lord. Further on in chapter 9 I saw that it was Moses’ intercession that moved God to allow Israel to continue to exist.
I watch the news every morning and today I wonder, where is our Moses? Is someone interceding for us? As a nation we have so much but are, apparently, never satisfied. I love being an American but the truth is, we aren’t all that, any more than Israel was.
Are AIG executives and bankers judged out of righteousness or envy? The anger and self-righteousness I see on the news scares me. The venom spewed from the lips of our politicians is unworthy of anyone is their position. The cry for justice seems motivated by bitterness and suspicion. I don’t want that to be me. I would rather be like Moses, on my knees, pleading for God to be merciful to His people, recognizing my own need for mercy rather than becoming the accuser. I have gone to the National Day of Prayer site to find out how I can pray more effectively. Here is the link if you’d like to do the same; Moses made a difference, so can we.
This picture of a graveyard and a church was taken in St. Andrew’s Scotland. The legacy of prayer in that place left me speechless.


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