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.
We draw strength to serve from the springs of silence.
The Hebrew Children sinned greatly. The first time Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law of the Lord, they rebelled against just about every Law God gave to Moses. Rather than being grateful for their redemption from slavery, the people indulged themselves in idolatry. You can read all about it in Exodus 32.
I can’t help but think, at this point, of Charlton Heston playing Moses in The Ten Commandments!
After God dealt with His people, he summoned Moses back up the mountain a second time. This time around the people were well behaved.
God gave Moses a specific command NOT to let anyone come with him, or even let the animals of the flocks or the herds graze on the mountain at this time.
I think this is largely due to the Holiness of God. The Lord was infinitely irritated with His people for their rebellion and was showing them reasons why they shouldn’t tread lightly on His instructions.
Perhaps there was an additional purpose for this specific command that had something to do with the quality of the time that God wanted have with Moses.
Moses needed to give God his undivided attention. It’s hard to focus on God when you’re in a crowd. God wanted Moses to focus both of his ears, and both of his eyes, and all of his heart, on what God was about to tell him. God wanted enough SILENCE in Moses’ life to drown out the distraction of the crowd and to escape the distractions of life.
Also, God didn’t want Moses’ imagination to wander. Moses had been a shepherd for many years. The bleating of lambs and the braying of donkeys would have caused his mind to return to the busyness of the world. God deserves the kind of time and space we can carve out for Him where we are fully present to what He wants, rather than what we want.
God speaks loudly in the SILENCE and in the solidite; when we escape from the hustle and bustle of life in order to gain strength from His presence.
Every servant needs to recharge their spiritual batteries.
God called Moses to the mountain alone so He could have complete access to Moses’ life. God had BIG plans for Moses, and Moses needed all of the power God would make available to him.
For the plans God has for us, where do we find time to listen, be still and quiet, and draw strength from God in silence?
If we NEVER stop to rest in the Lord, we are like a babbling brook, full of foam and froth. But still waters run DEEP. And in the depth of our relationship with God we find space to recharge our batteries for the tasks at hand.
Draw deeply today, this week, this season of your life, from the well of silence, and use what God gives you in the solitude to serve those He sends you to bless.
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Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.