Exodus 34:2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai.
Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.
Before the entire world screeched to a halt due to a small but destructive virus, I cried out to the Lord. The schedule was too busy. At the beginning of the school year my enthusiastic feet hit the ground running as I committed to a lot. I knew I’d have to rely on the Lord to give me the strength to carry through, and He had. But it would seem, burn-out hit. I welcomed our extended spring break with weary arms.
The Lord had some lessons in solitude for me. Through the lockdown I became a little depressed. Though I had all the time in the world, I felt my relationship with God was a little flat. I cried out to God and He answered me. God speaks in different ways, like reminding us of what He said, (John 14:26). Or He answers through Bible reading, sermons or devotions. To my delight this time, the answer came through my loving husband.
My hubby showed me the Soularium App with interesting pictures. It asked a few spiritual questions like, ‘which 3 pictures represent how you feel your spiritual journey is going’. I chose a picture of a “pathetic little parrot in the hands of God”, as I saw it. Which indicated my utter helplessness, yet complete security in God’s hands. Another picture stood out to represent how I desire my walk to be with God. It depicted an old couple holding hands, walking away together. I want to grow old, increasingly dependent on God, spending every day with Him. As I saw my husbands surprised face, it made me chuckle. “And with you too Hun,” I added. We laughed together.
Then, prompted by a recent online convention for church leaders, my husband and I made a plan. He committed to pray with me each day for 1 week. I committed to seek prayer time with Jesus in the mornings, outside, with my Bible and a journal. A new place, other than pressing ‘play’ on my Bible App while laying in bed in the mornings, was necessary.
Morning after morning, God breathed new life into my discouraged outlook.
Today’s verse speaks volumes regarding the principle of seeking God and His kingdom first and above all else. (Matthew 6:33) The background of today’s verse in Exodus — God instructed Moses to bring 2 new stone tablets, after throwing down the first 2 in anger at the sin of the Israelites. Thus, it reflects the truth that God’s mercies are new every morning. (Leviticus 3:23)
At that time and all throughout the 40years of wilderness wondering, Moses was the mediator between God and the Israelites. Moses was the agent of God’s delivery from slavery in Egypt, yet he wasn’t sin-free himself. For this reason he could not escort them into the promised land.
Now of course, Jesus is the ONLY Mediator between God and mankind. He is our Deliverer from our slavery to sin and death. He did this by taking on the punishment for sin we deserved, and beating death. He is the One guiding us through our ‘wilderness’ as we await His return and a Heavenly promised land — the New Jerusalem — A perfect place where God dwells with His people forever. (2 Peter 3:10-13, Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1-5)
Yes, one blessed day, we shall see our Savior face to face. (1 John 3:2)
Until then, let us seek our Loving God early in the morning. For He is our bright and morning star. (Revelation 22:16) Let us follow Christ’s example. Jesus, God’s Word in the flesh, rose early to seek the Father in a solitary place. (Mark 1:35) How much more so, do we need to connect with God through morning communion through prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, how sweet is Your mercy and grace. Grant us the desire to seek to be near You each morning before being near others. Thank-you for revealing how knowable You are, and Your desire to be with us. ~Amen
1 Samuel 1:19
A resource book: The Morning Watch with Andrew Murray
“A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully.”