Exodus 24:12-16 “The Lord said to Moses ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.’ Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, ‘Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.’ When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount . For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud” (NIV).
How many times have you gone before God and asked him for something or to seek his will? We go to our Father for so many different things, after all he is our Lord, our Savior, our guide our provider, our strength and the list can go on. We are told in the Bible to bring our thoughts to him, to cast our cares upon him. We are told to seek and we will find, to ask and it will be given. It is said that he will make our paths straight. But what about the times when we hear nothing? We go before God, sometimes on our knees, sometimes we fast, we come together in corporate prayer believing he will then hear us and show us what to do.
God called Moses up the mountain verse 16 says that he waited on the mountain covered in clouds for six days without hearing a word. Did Moses hear God right? Did he call him up the mountain? Did Moses hear God at all? These questions would have been going through my mind, Lord did I really hear you? Can you hear me? Why are you being so silent? Does silence mean I am to go ahead or maybe not move ahead and stay put. The biggest lesson we can learn from Moses is to wait. God will show himself and the way.
Six days on a mountain. For those who have never been on a mountain they are cold. The higher you climb the colder it gets. God did not tell Moses, hey I am going to have you camp on the side of a mountain for six days so bring blankets, a pillow, and some food and water. God called them all up to a certain point, fed them and then he called Moses up. Moses waited on God for everything, but most importantly what he promised. God had told Moses he was giving him the instructions and commandments for the Israelites. Moses was not leaving until he had them.
Six days he waited, how long do you wait? Be sure to wait on him. Sometimes it will be an instant answer but more times than not we will wait. That wait may be six days or sixty years. Rest assured if you truly wait upon the Lord, he will answer. But be careful not to miss ministry opportunities while you wait. God places things in our paths to help grow us and stretch us so that we will be ready for what he is calling us to do. Waiting is not passive, but active. Do the will of God while you wait. And remember the answers we are seeking should be that of God’s will not ours. For he always has our best interest, his perfect will in mind for us.
Father, we pray today that you will help us wait on you. Teach us how to be still before you and active for you at the same time. Help us align our will our desires with your perfect will for us. For when we accept your will for us then we will find strength and peace.