In today’s study, we’re reading about the Mountain of God, the Sinai experience. We’re on week four, day two of women’s Bible study, reading One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land. On page 86 of the workbook, author Priscilla Shirer writes:
“Sometimes we have to wade through a time of difficulty under God’s protective guidance before our hearts soften to His invitation to walk with Him.”
The author asks you to remember a difficult time in your life when you sought God, and your wilderness journey led you right to a Sinai experience with Him. My moment with Him definitely changed my life, as God revealed Himself to me through scripture. It happened when I was sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for my young daughter to be diagnosed with medical condition. The morning of our appointment, I was praying and reading my Bible and centered on a specific verse. I was clinging to “love the Lord with all my heart, soul and strength” and this helped center my vision towards God as I waited to meet with the doctor. At the same time, my women’s bible study from church was praying for my daughter’s healing. It was my very first Bible study group.
While I waited in the doctor’s office, I saw a stack of DVD’s below a television screen. My eye focused on one called “Spirituality and the Brain” and since I had been praying most of the morning, this seemed an appropriate video to watch. I placed it inside the DVD player, and within minutes I heard the doctor say “love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength.” I knew that God was present and beside me, I felt chills all over my spine, and sensed immediate peace as I realized that no matter what the diagnosis, God was going to walk beside me and my daughter. When I left the doctor’s office that day, with a life-changing diagnosis, Deuteronomy 6:5 became my life verse and my Sinai experience.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
The doctor’s name was Dr. Amen! He has written numerous books and appeared on PBS television.
Knowing that the Mountain of God waits for you in your wilderness, would you jump at the opportunity to camp at the base of the mountain and wait for Him? Or would you be tempted to rush ahead, take matters into your own hands and see what happens. Do you climb the mountain, or wait at the base of the mountain. Which is more difficult…and which has more to offer. How many times have we been tempted by instant gratification and impatience. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7
Dear Father, we come to the mountain seeking You. We stand, and wait and listen to Your voice. Through our trials and our painful wilderness journey, we listen with out hearts and we find You, waiting for your children. We praise You and thank you for being there, loving us and leading us to intimacy with You. In Jesus name, amen.
Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- Often when we are at our lowest pace physically, financially, relationally, or in another crucial area of our lives, God ignites our hearts for Him in a brand new way.
- Settle in and turn your eyes to the mountain. The Lord wants to reveal Himself to you in a way that will change your life forever.
Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)
And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” Exodus 3:12
Spend some time today reflecting on your own wilderness journey. Look at the opportunities for camping at the base of the mountain. Did the Lord reveal Himself to you, and you ran in fear? Did He reveal Himself to you and you stood in disbelief? Did He reveal Himself to you and you embraced your Father, falling to your knees in praise and worship? Please mediate on this thought today and revisit your wilderness journey.