Moses Gets a Mulligan
Have you ever lost your temper in righteous indignation? I mean
you were on the right side of the issue and someone crossed your path
the wrong way and set you off! That’s usually when we say
something we regret or throw something that gets broke or we might actually
hurt ourselves or someone around us as we throw a tantrum. I’ve
had football coaches who worked to prepare their teams and did everything
they could but the players didn’t do any of the things right during
the game. Some of those coaches have been known to smash lockers,
drinking fountains, and anything else that might get in their way to
let off steam from righteous indignation.
In golf when you hit a bad shot, there is a concept
known as a mulligan. That
means that you get to hit the shot again and pretend that you never even
hit the first shot. Word has it that when some of our Presidents
are on the golf course, it’s been rumored that some of them take
as many as five or six mulligans in a round. When filmmakers are
shooting scenes in a movie, if it doesn’t go right, they will get
several more “takes” to redo the scene until it comes out
right. So we have many precedents for mulligans.
In my reading the Bible thru in a year, I recently
have been spending time in the Old Testament reviewing all the stories
that I learned long ago. I forgot some of the lessons that are there such as when Moses
came down from Mt. Sinai after a seven day encounter with God when he
revealed the 10 Commandments. In just the week he was huddled with
God, the people rebelled and started worshipping a golden calf. Moses
was so upset, he slammed the tablets on the ground and they were broken
into many pieces. He blew up at the people in their stupidity and
clamor for idols and punishes them according to God’s instructions.
Then God said, make some new tablets and bring them
back up the mountain and we will start again to get the tablets redone. Moses
spent the next 40 days on the top of the mountain reuniting with God.
Perhaps you are in need of a mulligan from God. This is the time
of year on the Christian calendar when lent begins and you may have some
New Years resolutions that are already broken. You may have relationships
that are busted and could even be your fault. You may have made
some mistakes that cost you and others financially or emotionally. God
has a history of giving mulligans. You do need to know that he
has a formula for the mulligan… I John 1:9 “If we confess
our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If you need a mulligan today, don’t be afraid to claim God’s
promise. We are all there!
Sent February 26,
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