At Mount Sinai, (Exodus 24:15-18), Moses went up alone to meet with the LORD. It was only after patiently waiting for six whole days in a thick mist that covered the mountain that on the seventh day God called to Moses from the cloud. Then Moses spent another forty days in solitude with the LORD!
The result was the production of arguably one of the most influential written documents ever known–one that every civilized society since has in some way been effectively governed or somehow positively impacted by. We know it as The Ten Commandments.
We live in a very hurried world today where people find it almost impossible to wait for things. They sacrifice so much of the precious gifts of peace and quiet meditation for the quick response or result. By trying to keep up with everyone else, they miss much of what is most important in life. That is not the pace at which God intends His children to exist.
Taking regular spiritual pit-stops will dramatically increase your effectiveness at running life’s race. There is infinitely inestimable value in getting alone to quietly and intentionally wait to hear what the LORD might want to say to your heart.
So here’s your challenge. Sometime during your day, take fifteen minutes to a half-hour to get somewhere that is as quiet as possible to disconnect from everyone and everything (especially electronic devices). Yes, I realize that swiping the off-button on a smartphone is hard for most people to do. But do it. Try this challenge just a few days a week for the next few weeks, and see won’t it begin to change your world for the better! “Wait, I say, on the LORD.”
You may feel like you are losing ground in the rat-race as you make those precious pit-stops for God’s guidance. But don’t worry about falling behind; life will be right there waiting for you when you’re through. Besides, the Lord said the last shall be first…
In the beginning, God made everything and everything was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). But the significance of God’s word not using the term “very good” until the sixth day—and after He created mankind—should not be overlooked.
Creation was made for humanity by God, and He said that it was “good”. Yet after He made us—the crown of His creation—He used the term “very good” to signify that humanity, which creation was made for, makes God’s work on earth complete.
Yet nowhere does God say that was His best for you! You were designed by God to transcend “very good”. Very good was your beginning. But it was by no means meant to be your end. When God finished creation, He gave us dominion over it, and He allowed us to choose to either settle for very good being the best we would ever know, or to eat of the Tree of Life and experience the incalculable beyond very good. Unfortunately we made the wrong choice, and became destined to rue the day we lost mere paradise. Adam is proof-positive that sin wants to make you settle for less than your inheritance.
But wait! There is a hope! You see, God had a backup plan. He would send another (uncreated) Adam who would offer us the opportunity of not just “good” or mere “very good”, “but God had planned something better for us”. So that was just the beginning! Why? Because through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—the last Adam (I Cor. 15:45)—you have the opportunity to pick up where the first Adam left off. By choosing Christ, you have willfully made the choice to experience not just what God created, but the limitless beyond. And why did God do this? Here is the answer (Ephesians 2:7):
…in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
And even now, there is infinitely more in Christ that we have to enjoy. C.S. Lewis perfectly explains another aspect of our perceived scarcity in God’s kingdom of abundance…
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Okay, well maybe you have heard it before. But have you truly “heard” it? You see, Jesus even often said, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” What did He mean by that? Was He poking fun at someone in the audience who may have been born with an auditory defect? Last I checked, He didn’t make that statement when Peter hacked off Malchus’ ear either. So what did Jesus mean?
He was speaking of the genuine, willful, obedient, “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” type of hearing. So, If you are of the persuasion that feels they have heard this before, but are still spitefully holding on to yesterday (or yesteryear), then I say to you by the authority of Christ’s words that you’ve never heard this before, but here goes… Leave The Past Behind.
Wait! Isn’t that one thing? Well, yes. It is one statement, but it has three important things in it for us to remember:
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