Sometimes loud rumblings incite more action, good or bad, like a pep rally vs a riot. Sometimes (many times) people tune out loud voices. There will always be noise in life. There is best a quiet place where only the Lord knows our business. Attend to that quiet place as much as possible.
Why do squeaky wheels get the grease? If they are real wheels, it’s because they ride better and smoother with grease and the squeak indicates a real issue. If squeaky wheels are people, then it’s because they are LOUDEST, maybe going off track, maybe right on the right track and everyone else is going off track… either way you might best attend to squeaky people (especially if it’s someone who might disrupt your smooth ride of a day, annoy you or upset your plans). And OF COURSE, we see the important squeaky wheels of whistle blowers or people who raise valid points. Watch out as squeaky wheels can be what others learn from. Yes, kids learn what gets attention. So, let us show our values and hope and help children of all ages learn.
What does this have to do with scripture? Sometimes we are not loud enough in giving our voice to situations and sometimes we are seemingly wasting our breath. Moses spoke much and sometimes it must have felt like he wasted his breath. To God, there is NO wasted breath, He wants to hear all our needs (whether He answers us for our sake is another issue) … Moses however heard lots of griping from wandering desert people. He warned and warned and reminded and taught, leading God’s chosen people and giving them the law. He knew where the people failed God, and he himself failed God enough (by overreacting) to not cross that eventual day into the Promised Land. Moses was eventually OK, God took care of him too. Moses had taken on the call to save people by reminding them it wasn’t their righteous who saved them but God.
GOD CHOOSES TO SAVE over destroy.
Righteous, we all can fail in understanding God’s Righteousness over ours. We can fail in the law, but God knew that – His point in sending a Savior was SAVING was the ONLY Way back to Him. Not our way but His. We can fail in realizing God’s gift to us is FORGIVENESS despite ourselves. Righteousness comes with God’s RIGHT to SAVE, like the prodigal father who rejoiced when his lost son came home, it’s God’s Righteous Way we MUST adopt to forgive, to accept, and to love. How else can we come home if we drop the anger and forgive others…
God won’t just grease the squeaky wheels, He will dismantle them to the core of what’s wrong and build them fresh. He will build us fresh and new. He sent His Son to fight evil down and crush it, leaving us to be soul-cleaned and clothed in His Light, in His Righteous, in His Desire to Save.
The thing about God’s Way is that He WANTS us in His Kingdom. He WANTS us to realize it’s not just that we are a squeaky wheel to His ears, but a missing piece of His heart that He is reassembling since the fall of man with Adam and Eve’s sin. God, unchanged all this time, wants to walk in the cool of the day with us.
We must get quiet and listen for not His squeaky wheels turning in our souls, but His flowing love. The difference: flowing Love is LOUDER, Love IS the air in the tires AND the road AND the destination AND the journey. Love is the quiet of His tears. We must listen to His Love. God goes ahead of us, like a roaring fire to pave the way for us to walk to Him. Then only within His new walk with us is our rise from the ashes.
Moses prayed earnestly and extraordinarily for God’s people. Jesus gave His Whole Life for God’s people, for God’s fellowship to be restored. Both prayed asking God to OVERLOOK the stubbornness of this generation of people, their wickedness and their sin. Jesus knows that we must still teach and live in His Way – that when people realize He was and IS the Way, their path also will be restored to God.
God wants US in His Forever. His Promise to Himself is that He will love us and ask us to love Him in return…
Return to God, God is always listening.
…what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands...
…To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today…
…Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes…
…Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
Excerpts from Deuteronomy 9 and 10
Not Because of Righteousness
Moses says: Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan… … But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you… . .You have been rebellious against the Lord ever since I have known you. I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights because the Lord had said he would destroy you. I prayed to the Lord and said, “Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin… …But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.”