We watched a cute, feel-good, family comedy called The Game Plan. The Rock stars in this movie as a famous football star who finds out he has a daughter from a previous marriage. His whole self-centered world comes crashing down as his daughter makes her way into his heart.
Towards the end of the movie, we find him in an unlikely place – the ballet. He’s dressed in tights and ready to perform with the little girls and their teacher for the big dance recital. His teammates show up and can’t believe their eyes when they see their quarterback gracefully moving across the stage. Because of his love for his daughter, he was found in the most unlikely of places.
The day has finally come for the Israelites to enter the promised land. Moses reminds them in chapter 9 to remember God’s mercy and how it had been demonstrated throughout their journey. But as I read Moses’ account of what transpired, I noticed that this man was in the most unlikely of places.
“And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you. And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” (Deuteronomy 9:16-18)
And then again…
“Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you. Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you. I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” (Deuteronomy 9:24-26)
So where was Moses? While the Israelites were sinning and rebelling against God, we find Moses in the most unlikely place. He was on his knees praying.
The world around him was in chaos. The very people he loved and cared for were disobedient and disgraceful. But we find Moses praying for them. Praying for the Lord’s mercy upon them.
Years later, as Mary delivered the long-awaited Messiah, it was in the most unlikely of places. With no room at the Inn, they were left to stay with animals. To the shepherds, the angel said,
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
And then again, as a youth, he wasn’t in the caravan headed home, he was found in the temple teaching with authority. And yet again, as those He came to save spit on Him, called for His death, and ridiculed Him, He suffered on the cross and cried to the Father to forgive them.
Because of His love for us.
So here we are, in the midst of one of the craziest, most chaotic scenes we’ve ever experienced. Our country is torn apart, political tension is out of control, disease spreads throughout our nation like wildfire, and where is the Christian?
We should be found in the most unlikely of places, just like Moses – on our knees, praying.