Listening to the Mysteries of God’s Specifics


February 2

1 The LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said…” (Leviticus 1:1) (NIV)

 

            If you are like me, when you propose in your heart to read the entire Bible in a year, you start very excited, the stories are wonderful and they really capture our imagination. However, by the time we start getting into the latter chapters of Exodus and especially as we enter into Leviticus, we quickly start losing our excitement. The latter chapters of Exodus gives us all the specifications concerning the construction of the Tabernacle of Moses, while Leviticus give us all the specifications of what to do in that Tabernacle and also a deep and profound elaboration of a variety of laws, from social to spiritual laws. Without the Revelation of the Holy Spirit, the reading of these books could be very difficult. How many sermons have you heard from Leviticus? Exactly my point!

            However, this time around, I felt a jealousy in my spirit and that jealousy turned into an actual personal prayer request. As I read all the specific instructions that God gave Moses, I started meditating on how very little we hear from God. We hear bits and pieces, but many times we wish we can get into the specifics of God’s mystery.

            I remember a few years ago getting down on my knees one day, desperate to hear from God; a few minutes later I stood up very distressed because God did not speak to me. I yelled: “I want to talk to you like a son talks to His Father; I want to hear from you, but where are you? I can’t hear you, I can’t sense you.” I then proceeded to walk out of my room very disappointed. The next morning, as soon as I woke up, the Lord told me to get my Bible, quickly with paper and a pen and to get down on my knees again. I quickly obey! For over two hours the Lord ministered to me about Hannah (Prophet Samuel’s mother). It was beautiful! Nothing like the voice of God, even if He rebukes us!

            I believe with all of my heart that God desires to release that kind of detailed information into our hearts, but many of us are not willing to go into the desert with Him and many of us are even more unwilling to go up from the comfort of our mediocrity onto the mountain-top of His excellence. Many of us are terrorized at the challenging sound of God’s voice and we rather have a “Moses” to do the listening and breaking it down to us on Sundays. In the days of Moses, the children of Israel did not have any choice, only Moses was allowed to get that close to God’s glory; however, today’s days, every believer is capable of hearing from God. If you are a born again believer you are able to hear His voice and listen to the mysteries of God’s specifics. Are you hungry and thirsty for His voice?

 

Moving with the Cloud of God’s Glory


February 1

34Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.” (Exodus 40:34-38) NIV

 

            As Christians, we must understand that we are on a journey; God is taking us from glory-to-glory, from revelation-to-revelation. God brought us out of our Egypt and we are all moving towards our promise land. What we must understand is that God’s journey is different from a natural journey of leaving a place to get to another. Even as the physical promise land represents an actual geographical place where we must all arrive in due time; there is a greater journey or growth that must take place in our hearts. There was a way of taking this trip from Egypt to the promise land in a matter of days; however it took forty years; why? Because there was much work to be done in their hearts; there was a greater lesson to be learned; a lesson that we must all learn today.

            In order for our journeys to be successful we must learn to move with God’s glory. The children of Israel saw the cloud of God’s glory. That glory protected them from the scorching heat of the day and from the agonizing cold of the night. This is significant because we, as God’s people, must understand that God will take care of his people in spite of who is in power, the condition of our economy, the unemployment statistics, the price of gas, etc.

            We are not exempt from pain; but we are well taken care of by our Father in the midst of all. Many of us are making decisions base on a false sense of financial security or convenience. However, we are moving outside of God’s glory and then we wonder why we are not being protected from the heat of the day and the cold of the night. The amazing life and power of God’s people is that we can rise up above circumstances; we have access to peace in the middle of all hell breaking loose against us and we have access to joy when we should be devastated. That is the power of God’s glory and when we suffer, we suffer with hope and may I add, with great purpose. Know for sure that you will enter the promise land; but only if you move with the cloud of His glory.