Come Up in the Morning

February 22, 2015

Our greatest misconception is that God is uninterested in us. From the beginning our Ancient Enemy has deceived us into thinking that God is holding out on us and has no interest in our fellowship.

But the testimony of Scripture (and of men and women who have known Him) shatters this lie like a hammer shattering a rock.

THE DIVINE INVITATION

""So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain."" (Exodus 34:3)

Moses was invited by God, as a representative of the people, into the Essential Presence. He was to take no one with him, for such fellowship is solitary. Some people only know God in the group, but the highest form of relationship is the grace to encounter Him alone. It was to be, for Moses and for us, the first business of the day to meet God in the morning.

When Moses cooperated, ""The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord."" There on that sacred spot, God revealed Himself as the ""Lord, the Lord, God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.""

So that Moses would have a full understanding, God also reminded him that He was a God who would deal with unrepentant sin. This placed the appropriate fear in His leader’s heart. Every word of this description is inviting and necessary. ""Meet me in the morning,"" God said, ""And I will show you who I am.""

THE NATURAL RESPONSE

Moses did what hundreds before had done and millions in succeeding generations would imitate. He ""made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship."" When we stand in God's holiness, we realize there is no one like Him. We understand our difference and realize that He alone deserves unashamed worship.

When you experience God's presence you only want more of Him. So, Moses' prayer was simply for God's continued presence. He could have asked for provision or direction or protection as he led several million grumbling Israelites to the Promised Land. But Moses met God this morning and He knew that having God in their midst was the ultimate sufficiency.

THE PRESENT CALL

Men and women throughout the ages have heard God's invitation. Many have failed to respond. They have not made themselves ready. They have not come up in the morning to Mount Sinai. They have missed Him, morning after morning after morning.

They live lives of desperation and unfulfilled hunger, never having the one thing that would equip them with everything. They have missed God in the morning and it is their greatest loss.





Also in Graceful Truth

A GENERATIONAL PROMISE
A GENERATIONAL PROMISE

April 23, 2024

I have three pastors that I have met with every year for an accountability retreat. It is one of the highlights of my year and other than my family, these brothers are my richest relational treasure. We talk every week, and our lives now are intricately intertwined. We will ride into the sunset together, by the grace of God.

Continue Reading

WHY WE SHOULD STUDY GOD AND WORSHIP HIM WITH ALL OUR HEARTS
WHY WE SHOULD STUDY GOD AND WORSHIP HIM WITH ALL OUR HEARTS

April 22, 2024

David had seen, experienced, and remembered God in ways that most do not. He had intentionally gazed at God and recorded what he saw. In that light, look at his admonition to you this morning ...

Continue Reading

CONSIDER THE LOVINGKINDNESS OF THE LORD
CONSIDER THE LOVINGKINDNESS OF THE LORD

April 18, 2024

Psalm 107 calls us to “consider the lovingkindness of the Lord” (Vs. 43). Each paragraph illustrates God’s lovingkindness to a different group of people, always people who did not deserve it. See if these describe you right now or have in the past.

Continue Reading