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MOUNTAINTOP MEETING WITH GOD

“When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.”  Exodus 34:29.

God summoned Moses to the summit of Mt. Sinai. Moses was called to the mountaintop to receive instructions from God that would shape the life of the People of Israel, teaching them how to live godly lives.  We know those instructions today as the Ten Commandments.

In the presence of the Lord, Moses changed. But when he came down from the mountain, the Israelites worshipped a golden calf statue they had created.

Moses was angry and returned back to the mountain to do some damage control. The people had broken their covenant with God. Moses pleaded with God not to give up on them, and when God finally agreed to continue going with Israel, Moses made this request to Him in Exodus chapter 33 verse 18: “…show me your glorious presence.”

Moses led a very stubborn group of people who had seen God do miraculous things. And yet, they still rebelled against Him. Moses was frustrated and needed to feel God’s presence in his life. Moses asked God to show him His glory; Moses was asking God to show him His presence, to show him who He was.

Moses got everything he needed from this mountaintop experience.  He couldn’t see himself. He didn’t know that he had become radiant. The Bible tells us that:  “his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD”  (Exodus 24:29).  In other words, His face shone, not because of who he was; but because of who he was with.  His face reflected the glory of God. When Moses came down from the mountain, scripture tells us that his face radiated with God’s presence. Moses took the time to get away, to climb those mountains, and to have those life-defining experiences with God that shaped him into who he was.

The expression of Himself which He gave to Moses, He now offers to each of us, ordinary though we are. He shines His glory into our very hearts, limited and broken though they may be.

Maybe you see yourself in some aspect of Moses’ story today. Maybe you need to feel God’s presence in your life right now. If so, follow Moses’ example. Climb that mountain, whatever that looks like in your own personal spiritual life, and ask God to show you His glory. Choose to make today one of your mountaintop experiences. If you climb that mountain, you will find Him there. Your life will never be the same.

He is already there waiting.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What constitutes a mountaintop experience in your life?
  2. What can we do this week to have a mountaintop experience?  

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