THE TEN – IT’S A WRAP!
God, Himself, came to Moses and God’s people to instruct them of His commandments, the laws that were established to guide and protect us, but the people were trembling in fear as they heard Him speak directly to them.
When God speaks, are we listening? Do we tremble at the still small whisper of His Voice when He guides and answers our prayers? It has been my personal experience, that when God speaks, it does cause me to tremble. That’s how I know it’s Him! I am not afraid of His Words and guidance, but I am in awe when He speaks and humbled that He would speak. To me.
I think of those intimate times with God, those turning points in my life, as I read what the people said after God, Himself, came to speak to them in such a mighty way. When people ask me today, when will we know if it is Jesus when He comes back? I laugh a little inside at the question. God’s Story tells us unequivocally that we all will KNOW when He comes! There will be NO ONE who can duplicate that way He will come. Until then, you can also know when He speaks to your heart.
Yes, if you find, focus and follow Jesus, He will speak to Your heart in a way that you will KNOW it is Him. He promised the Holy Spirit would be His way of speaking to us, guiding us, to know Him more and behave in ways that please Him.
“When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the horn, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.” Exodus 20, NLT
“And they said to Moses, ‘You tell us what God says, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us. If he does, we will die!'” Exodus 20, NLT
Okay, is that not like us today? Out of unhealthy fear of not really wanting to hear what God has to say about our actions, we would rather hear Him speak through someone else so that we don’t deal with God ourselves directly. Somehow, we think that might lessen the power of God’s Words and commandments. I know, silly, isn’t it?
But our human nature is to hide. (Remember Adam and Eve?) Many of us sit in the pews, Sunday after Sunday, to “hear what God has to say” and our first thoughts might be…I hope Harry heard that! I hope Sally takes that to heart!…without considering that God might be speaking directly to us. When we “get it”, we tremble.
“‘Don’t be afraid,’ Moses said, ‘for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power. From now on, let your fear of him keep you from sinning!'” Exodus 20, NLT
What does God’s Story tell us about Him? God desires to move into every part of our lives. He wants to talk with us. He wants us to listen. He gave us a Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins so we have the awesome privilege to boldly come right into the throne room of God, Himself. Yes, we tremble at the thought. But we are encouraged. God listens.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word sent us on a journey of thought that causes us to be completely yielding to You. We tremble. We are humbly thankful for You and all You provide. We tremble at the thought that You love us so much, you died for us. We are in awe that You are so interested in us and that You listen and then You speak to us. Thank you. Just thank you. I’ll be listening, Lord, all day long.
In Jesus Name, Amen