Exodus 19 `In the third month, on the same day of the month that the Israelites had left the land of Egypt, they entered the Wilderness of Sinai. 2 After they departed from Rephidim, they entered the Wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness, and Israel camped there in front of the mountain.
3 Moses went up the mountain to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain: “This is what you must say to the house of Jacob, and explain to the Israelites: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me. 5 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, 6 and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation.’ These are the words that you are to say to the Israelites.”
7 After Moses came back, he summoned the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8 Then all the people responded together, “We will do all that the Lord has spoken.” So Moses brought the people’s words back to the Lord.
It is exactly three months after the Israelites left Egypt that they enter the Desert of Sinai and camped by the mountain. This is the same as Mount Horeb where God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. This is a wonderful opportunity to praise God for being the Sovereign God (Jeremiah 1:12). This is the promise He spoke to Moses.
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
We know that Moses was fearful and hesitant to accept this assignment from the Lord. The Lord promised Moses that He would be with him and that Moses return to the very place this conversation was taking place. We know that this promise was important to Moses for we have the privilege of reading about it so that we too would be able to build our faith upon it. God is faithful to His Word.
God is not a man who lies,
or a son of man who changes His mind.
Does He speak and not act,
or promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19
I reminded of our Scriptures just a few days ago:
Remember what happened long ago,
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and no one is like Me.
10 I declare the end from the beginning,
and from long ago what is not yet done,
saying: My plan will take place,
and I will do all My will. Isaiah 46:9-10
So what does this mean for you and me? What is that thing that has you worried, concerned, cast down, won’t allow you to sleep at night and even causes you tears whether inside or out? Ask the Lord to lead you as you read His Word and open your heart to His promise for your situation or circumstance. God will prove Himself just as He carried Moses and the Israelites on eagles’ wings, He will do the same for you and me.
You know, once again, life happens. It comes with pain, sorrow and disappointments. If it is not you personally, other people’s life issues and circumstances have a way of impacting you. Just as the Lord used life issues to build Moses’ faith, he does the same with us. Our loving, gracious, and merciful Father gives us opportunity to draw even closer in these seasons of life. Faith must be built upon the Word of God. Despite our seeing through the glass dimly, the Lord always sees and knows the full picture and has control over it.
The verse that He has given me for right now is Psalm 3:3, “But You, O Lord, are a Shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Nobody but Jesus, He is the Lifter of my head and Keeper of my soul! Not only that, but the Lord is reminding me that He is my very personal Shield and glory! I can trust Him NMW (No Matter What)!
As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30