How many times have we missed precious time with the Lord, because we were too busy serving the Lord?
It never fails: the more actively involved we get in ministry; the less time we spend in prayer. Instead of sitting in his presence, we are scurrying around going from one task to the next, stamping out potential “fires” that may not even need to be stamped out. We replace our devotional time with the latest on Facebook, the news, or some other distraction.
It used to be enough to sit out on the porch and read the bible every morning; yet, there’s barely enough time to start our over packed daily routine, so we postpone the most important part of our day, to get about the family’s business, and we wonder why we feel so empty at times. Just like breathing in the natural, we must take in the breath of life.
Moses was leading a “stiff-necked” people, according to the Lord. Where there’s people, there will be differing opinions on priorities. In the grand scheme of things, the top priority is to love the Lord with all of thy heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to do God’s will. It doesn’t matter what ambitions we may have; unless we filter those ambitions through the will and purpose of God; it will not stand.
I desire to do the will of God, and even when I have to shut out all of the noise from those who could distract me with their opinions, I know that I can hear from God for myself. He promises to direct my steps, so when I do get overwhelmed, I try to separate myself to a secret place and learn to sit in his presence and listen. Sometimes, he may speak to me through his Word, and at other times, he may drop something into my spirit, but no matter how he chooses to speak to me, I must be willing to stop long enough to listen.
Moses took the time to talk to God as he led the people through the wilderness. It is important to notice that if the Israelites had not spent their time complaining and falling into sin, they would have reached the Promised Land much sooner. If you’re waiting on your prayers to be answered it would be good to find out what might be hindering your answer from being delivered. After a while, Moses met with God on behalf of the people. He had to be sure that God would be with him, or he didn’t want to move forward.
12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
The Lord knows us by name. He hasn’t forgotten us; he is waiting on us to give him the praise and the honor that he deserves.
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