HANGING OUT WITH GOD (MOSES)
(You are a leader, if you realize it or not. Everyone who influences another person is a leader. The question is if we are a godly leader or not. See blog July 1,2019)
Moses is one of the most prominent men in the Bible and Jewish history. He is my favorite person in the Bible. I identify in his struggles and weaknesses. I learn as he overcomes and matures. Several books in the Bible detail his long and fruitful life (Exodus 1-19; Numbers 12-14; Acts 7:20-43; Hebrews 11:23-29). He lived 120 years. The first 40 he was “somebody”, then the next 40 he was “nobody”. During the last 40 he learned what God could do with a “nobody” who yields to God. Moses developed faith, obedience and trust. He was a man of prayer. He had great failures in his life, but he kept moving ahead by God’s grace. Moses was a reluctant leader that willing followed God’s plan. He wasn’t perfect, just yielded.
One of the traits I most admire in Moses is his commitment to spend time alone with God. He would speak with God face to face (Exodus 33:7-11; 34:29-35; Numbers 12:5-8; 3:12-17). He didn’t spend the time listing demands on God. God already knew Instead, Moses listened. What God has to say to us is much more important than what we have to say to God.
It takes time alone with God to learn to listen to His Spirit. He puts thoughts, ideas, burdens and scriptures in our minds and hearts. Spend time listening to God each day. It helps to have a special time and place where you meet with God privately. Turn off your cell phone. Let people know you aren’t to be interrupted.
God speaks to us through His Word. I spend time slowly reading the Bible and meditating on the verses. God will speak to you through His Word too. Listening to God is a top priority for all Christians, no matter how busy their days are. Jesus would get up early and go off by Himself to spend time alone with God. Sometimes He would even stay up all night praying. If Jesus needed to do this, how much more do we need to do it?
Take special days off throughout the year just to get alone and read the Word while you pray and meditate. I would spend Wednesday mornings alone in my church praying and worshipping. Often it was often difficult schedule, but when I did it was the best time of my week. I also like to pray on long walks. Being in nature helps me to better connect with Him. Find what works for you and do it.
Exodus 33:11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
How much time do you spend alone with God each day? Do you spend most of your time talking to God or listening to God? Do you know how to listen to God? Are you able to hear Him when He puts thoughts in your mind or burdens in your heart? Do you hear Him speak to you when you study and meditate on the Bible? Do you take time away from your ministry and other work to relax and enjoy time with family and friends?