Moses and Mountain

Talk about a spiritual high. Moses met God on a mountain, spoke to Him, and was handed the specific directions for God’s people to have a continual fellowship with Him. Imagine how close to God Moses must have felt.

Then he came down off the mountaintop experience, literally. He returns to camp to find God’s people worshiping a statue. They had witnessed the intense miracles of the plagues, Passover and the parting of the Red Sea, only to turn to what they could make with their own hands at the first sign of uncertainty.

And Moses loses his temper, smashes God’s gift and orders the murder of thousands of his people. (Exodus 32)

Looking at my own history, I can see how quickly mountaintop experiences are smashed by the return to reality. Lessons learned at a small group, a church service or a retreat are immediately challenged upon a return to real life, and more often than not, I fail the challenge.

On your next mountaintop experience, recognize you will eventually have to come down off the mountain. Ask God for His favor and grace on the descent and set up some level of accountability for the time directly following the spiritual high. Finally, share about your mountaintop experiences to allow those times to be an encouragement to others so that they may know God more.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14)

 

Moses and the Mountain

Talk about a spiritual high. Moses met God on a mountain, spoke to Him, and was handed the specific directions for God’s people to have a continual fellowship with Him. Imagine how close to God Moses must have felt.

Then he came down off the mountaintop experience, literally. He returns to camp to find God’s people worshiping a statue. They had witnessed the intense miracles of the plagues, Passover and the parting of the Red Sea, only to turn to what they could make with their own hands at the first sign of uncertainty.

And Moses loses his temper, smashes God’s gift and orders the murder of thousands of his people. (Exodus 32)

Looking at my own history, I can see how quickly mountaintop experiences are smashed by the return to reality. Lessons learned at a small group, a church service or a retreat are immediately challenged upon a return to real life, and more often than not, I fail the challenge.

On your next mountaintop experience, recognize you will eventually have to come down off the mountain. Ask God for His favor and grace on the descent and set up some level of accountability for the time directly following the spiritual high. Finally, share about your mountaintop experiences to allow those times to be an encouragement to others so that they may know God more.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14)

 

These are the moments . . .

We all have those moments. Those moments when the way we see the world and the way we see God changes.

Sometimes they are obviously big moments. You get married. Divorced. Have a baby. Lose a loved one. Move away. Move home. Change jobs. Go on a mission trip.

These are the kind of moments we often see coming and these are the moments when we often turn to God. Our faith is changed, whether for better or worse in these moments.

But what about the smaller moments? The start of the day. The passing comment made by a friend. The Scripture read. The Facebook post. The quiet revelation. Do you see these moments as a chance deepen your faith and to follow Jesus more closely?

These everyday moments can have just as much of an effect on our faith as the big moments if we are aware of them and if our lives change because of them. These moments are our frequent chances to “repent and believe” because the kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:15).