SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS IN A CLOUD
There are very few relationships that are truly intimate and close. I am referring to those close ties where you share the deepest longings, joys and sorrows. Often we hide our innermost feelings because we do not experience a level of trust with other people with the confidence that they would not turn our trusts into an occasion to hurt us or gain some advantage for themselves.
I am thinking of someone who spent six days in silence just to be with his special friend. Yes, I am speaking about Moses who “went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days” (Exodus 24:15-16). Usually when we are on mountain tops, we take in the vast vistas and beauty that surround us. For Moses, his majestic view was “the glory of the Lord.” Would that satisfy you?
“On the seventh day He [the Lord] called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.” So great was this moment for Moses that he stayed there “on the mountain forty days and forty nights” (24:18). It is obvious the Lord had great confidence in Moses, because during those forty days, God gave Moses the complete pattern for the tabernacle and how He was to be worshipped by Israel. God had a level of trust in Moses He had with no one else.
This amazing insight was given to a man who wanted to be near God. He could not receive these instructions and still be with the crowd. Neither can we. Getting alone with God is where we receive what is precious, eternal, and what is close to God’s heart. Can He trust you with what is on His heart?
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