As believers, we all need A QUIET MOMENT WITH THE LORD. This helps keep us up to date, informed, active and wise.
As a lesson, it is important to know that God did not create us just to galavant around the world without taking notice or at least, spend some time with Him alone. From the life of every believer’s mentor; Jesus Christ, it is clear that any time we outgrow God, something bad is abound. He himself, spent a quiet time with the Father as a pattern for us to follow. Thus; “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35 NIV).
Without a doubt, it is important to question the benefits of this practice. Why do we need an interruption in our sleep to creat a solitary time with God? I might not have all the answers, but in my experience, I have come to realize that “where your treasure is your heart” (Matthew 6:21).
Trusting God for all you need warrants an occasional ‘close door’ meeting with Him. This builds our trust in Him, develops communication, alone time with Him allows us to ask for what we need, we receive divine revelation, and overall, we get to know the God that is unseen.
In today’s devotional, we will see how a man like us refocused the wheel of his destiny, and that of those following him. Exodus chapter 34 verse 1 began with a fragile description of God summoning Moses to Himself the second time after what seemed like a failed mission.
The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.” (Exodus 34:1-3 NIV). (1). Here, the two stones represents our hearts, which is what God is looking for in us all. If we can give God our hearts, we have given Him all of us, and we can never be idle, or lost in the things of the world. (2). If we can meet with God first thing in the morning before anything else, we will succeed. In this case, our plans will first be known by Him, and approved or vice versa. (3). The top of the mountain commands our absolute separation from any form of distractions. This reveals that God wants to have a conversation of His own, undisturbed. (4). With no one present means that God wants to trust us with a particular assignment if we are willing to be obedient. He wants to avoid strife through competition or fighting due to envy. Are you available for your assignment with the Lord?, give Him a quiet moment daily, or at least frequently.
There are enormous gains from spending time with God.
2. “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”, (Exodus 34:6 NIV). God revealed His real characters to Moses, and I bet you, these characters never left Moses for the rest of his life. It carried him across all challenges, highs and lows until he passed.
3. When one’s integrity is questionable, check his or her relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s love is unquestionable. His integrity is eternal, “maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:7 NIV).
4. “Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped” (Exodus 34:8 NIV). God’s presence humbled Moses. A humble person is that who truly knows God.
5. “Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.” (Exodus 34:9 NIV). In the quiet place with the Lord, your requests is unlimited. Just ASK.
6. Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you” (Exodus 34:10 NIV). Truly, you can not leave with no as an answer, instead, there must be a covenant. Amen. All that comes with this packet is obedience on our side. IF we do our part, God will remember His word (Exodus 34:11-26).
7. “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29 NIV). If you read down to verse 35, you can then conclude with me that anytime we do this right, the radiance of God’s joy, peace, glory, strength, zeal, health, favor, blessings, wisdom etc. will rest upon us. This is the whole point. It is called anointing, and there is no other way to get it, but to spend enough time with the Lord.
Remember, God is waiting for you in that quiet place. Don’t get weary, redefine your destiny, and that of those looking upon you. Say this prayer in a first person note; “Lord, if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with (me) us. Although this is (I am) a stiff-necked (person) people, forgive (my) our wickedness and (my) our sin, and take (me) us as your inheritance.” (Exodus 34:9 NIV). Amen. Stay blessed.
Scripture of the day: But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. ~ Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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