Like Moses, my friends, we are called to ascend. I was looking at an actual picture of folks who hiked Mt. Sinai. After viewing it, I think this location has been added to my bucket list. The minute I opened the picture, I just kept gazing at it; remembering how God descended on top of it while Moses ascended. (Selah)
Our God has been coming down to His people, wanting to be in a close relationship since He created mankind. First, it was in the garden, when Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. If we fast forward to the New Testament, Jesus came down to earth to connect and be in relationship with His people. God never intended for us to know Him from a distance, He desires us to know Him intimately, as a friend.
Yes, we are called closer to Him and to the higher things in God. “The Lord descended to the top of Mt. Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.” (Exodus 19: 20) He gave instructions to Moses to tell the people not to touch even the foot of the mountain or you will die. His holiness was felt by all who were watching down below. “When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear.” (Exodus 20: 18) They were so afraid and stayed at a distance and said, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” (Exodus 20: 19) The Laws are then put in place.
How does Moses respond to God? “Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20: 21)
- If God calls you in the stillness and darkness of the night to come be with Him, do as Moses did, approach Him with confidence. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5: 14)
Today, we have more confidence knowing that there is no more separation. Jesus made a way for us to come close to God, forever. When He approaches you in the middle of the night, go and sit on His lap and ask Him what’s on His heart, then tell Him what’s on yours. He knows what’s in our hearts, anyway, but He wants us to tell Him because He is building a relationship with us. Oh, He is so relational and relatable!
Nighttime is the best quiet time of the day. He will redeem your rest, even if you don’t get your eight or nine hours in.
God is with us, Immanuel. Jesus comes into the nation of Israel, into the world. The birthing of a nation leads us to the birthing of a Savior to that nation, to the world.
- Jesus was born to come into our world, our personal world, our life.
Both wisdom and folly have a house to which mankind is invited. We have to be wise who we invite into our house, and into our spiritual house. The Son of Man came to be invited into our spiritual house, into our personal world. Within that invitation, we house the very presence of God when we welcome Him in. “If we are wise, our wisdom will reward us…” (Proverbs 9: 12)
(Exodus 20: 1-21: 36, Matthew 1, Proverbs 9, Modified)
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