How Great Thou Art–Exodus 19 Part 2

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we often forget how awesome God is. We forget that he is the All-powerful, All-knowing, creator and ruler of the universe. We forget that at his command galaxies were born. Nations have risen and fallen simply because he wished it to be so. God is worthy of respect and reverence.

The day that the Israelites were to meet God at the mountain was the most important day of their lives. God made sure that they knew what they were doing. He made sure that they came pure of heart and in the reverent right frame of mind and he made sure that they did not violate his requirements and try to touch him or climb to him. They not only needed to know how he personally cared for them, they also needed to know He was “the Great I Am.”

We still need to know that today. To many times we forget about how great God is because we are only taught how loving and graceful he is. While it is true that God loves us and wants us to have a full and meaningful life here and eternally with him; it is also true that at a word, he can still rock the world. He truly controls the rise and fall of kingdoms and life and death.

In short, we need to show or at least realize that the God that saved us and that we follow is awesome. We also need to realize that we cannot confuse his patience and grace for weakness and a lack of authority. As a people and individually—we each need to humble ourselves and prepare our hearts to meet the Creator of the universe—When we give him the reverence he deserves, he will give us the blessing we so long for! Help me, Lord to meet you humbly and prepared. 

God Bless You

So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.

10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.

 

Preparing for Amazing–Exodus 3 Part 1

Forty years had passed. Moses had become comfortably entrenched in his life as a Midianite shepherd. There, in the midst of his very comfortable and non- controversial life, burned a bush that was the Angel of God calling Moses out of retirement and sending him on the mission for which he was called.

 Moses was amazed by God’s display of the burning bush. He was humbled by God’s charge that he was in a holy place that should be treated with reverence. In a word, the brash prince had become a humble shepherd. The mission he was about to embark upon would completely change the word forever and remain a central focus throughout history.

 Why did it take God an additional 40 years to start the exodus…Well, he had to allow the leader to mature and wise up. Moses had to chase impertinent sheep for years and live under the authority of the priest of Midian—to be ready to lead God’s stiff necked people.

 When we question God’s timing in our lives, when we shake our fists at him for his seeming lack of concern and fairness—we must remember he is executing a plan in our lives as he did in the lives of Israel. That plan often requires us to mature and wise up, but it may also involve the lives of others with whom we may interact. The key is that we simply have to trust him and follow him reverently. We need to be watching for the burning bushes in our lives, but, also embracing our duties along the way. We will never know which one will prepare us for the road ahead. Be humble, be grateful and be attentive—God will respond.

 God Bless You

 

Meanwhile Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock beyond the wilderness, he came to the mountain of God, Horeb.[b] There the angel of the Lord[c] appeared to him as fire flaming out of a bush. When he looked, although the bush was on fire, it was not being consumed. So Moses decided, “I must turn aside to look at this remarkable sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called out to him from the bush: Moses! Moses! He answered, “Here I am.” God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father,[d] he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Real Faith Testing–Genesis 22 part1

Most of us will find a way to accept the cards we are dealt. Illness, financial reversal, problems in relationships all are sources of anxiety and pain, but with time can be endured. BUT, when you start messing with our kids–that is a different story!

God told Abraham to take his son and kill him as a sacrifice. What’s more, Abraham got up the next day and set out to do what God said…HOLD the phone. Abraham trusted God not only with his life and his stuff–But with the son God promised him for nearly a century!

That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness. We have to be willing to trust God with our lives, our stuff and yes…our kids. He will do what he has planned. We must pray for them, love them, be a Godly example, BUT, ultimately release them into his care. Uuuugh that is the hard part–that is real faith.

God bless you

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

Meeting with the God of the Universe–Genesis 18 part 2

When was the last time you became giddy about spending time with God? I had to ask myself that today. Make no mistake, I love the Lord and look forward to spending time with him, but, Abraham was downright excited. He prepared a feast and washed feet.  There was no obligatory “Lord’s Prayer” or chest crossing.  Abraham met and celebrated with God. It was an honor and a blessing to be in God’s presence.

What if that was the way we saw our relationship with God? What if we truly believed we were honored to be able to meet with the God of the Universe.  Would we set aside time each day to do so? Would we say adoring and honoring things to him.  Would we thank him for his kind gifts that he brought with him? Would we be real with him and set anything we had between us right? Would we humbly intercede for folks we love to the one person that could make a difference?  We have a rare and great honor, I pray that I will treat it as the honor that represents–that is the heart of worship.

God Bless You

The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”

“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”