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And said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

Exodus 20:19



Speaking To God

Written by Michael Herbert

Israel had crossed over the Red Sea and found themselves wandering in the desert. Along the way God met their every need, including food and water, yet the Israelite were not content with their deliverance. Moses explained to the people God was testing them. All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet,vs18a All of the drama was way more than they were prepared to handle. Here at Mount Sinai, they had a chance to meet with God, but turned down the offer for fear. Moses on the other hand saw God in a different light. True God is Holy and expects holiness, but on the other hand, God also is a God who wants to impact with our lives, especially when we in need of help. There was no denying that Israel needed to hear from God in order to give them direction for their lives, yet there was a part of them that wanted to remain the same. God had given them a golden opportunity to make the necessary changes needed to face the future, yet they struggled to stay in the same old spot.

God wants us not to become stagnant in the rut of our old life,but wants to straighten us to rise to the next level of intimacy with him. In order to accomplish the change we have to position ourselves to hear or marching orders to make it happen. What we heard last week will not be the answer for next week. There are new hills and valleys to overcome. There are new and more advanced obstacles ahead of us and if we are honest with ourselves we need God to lead us. I don’t know about you, but I’m not wanting to be stuck in the desert and die spiritually there because I was to afraid to talk to God. Leave behind all the preconceived ideas you have of God and listen to what he has too say. Mark my words, you’ll be surprised.