Exodus 20:19 (NiV) (The people) said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
God wants to have an intimate relationship with me. The nation of Israel was camped at the foot of the holy mountain where God had descended to give them the Ten Commandments. They had the opportunity to hear God but they allowed their fears to paralyze them. God was just as awesome to Moses – but Moses was willing to listen. Too often we don’t want to hear from God in our own hearts – we would rather just listen to a decent sermon and go home. But intimate prayer, individual Bible study and quiet meditation seeking the direction of God personally, for real – that’s scary. After all, He might lead me to do something really difficult or convict me of something I still want to indulge. God might call me to forgive someone I would rather hold a grudge against or tell me I ought to volunteer for children’s ministry on a Sunday morning. Nope – rather not hear that….or maybe I should learn from Moses. Maybe I should realize that since God actually loves me with an everlasting love He will never lead me to do something He won’t also provide the strength for me to accomplish. Maybe I should trust Him and listen, really listen….