“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?