Mt. Sinai – After leaving Rephidim, it was a short journey through to Mt Sinai. This is where God revealed his plans for Israel. When God delivered them out of Egypt they were slaves. What they thought about themselves was not what God thought of them. God wanted them to see themselves as kings and princes and priests, a great nation. Does that sound familiar? Doesn’t our heavenly Father want that for us as well? Everything God was doing in this journey, it was to make them more then they thought they were. He wanted them to know that He was on their side. If God is for us who can be against us?
They had seen some big miracles, but all they truly knew about God was that He really didn’t have a name. I AM wasn’t much of a name. Moses called Him God but they had lots of gods in Egypt. To them God was basically invisible. They had never seen Him. They may have even attributed the miracles to Moses and his staff. This invisible God would supposedly talk to Moses and then Moses would tell them what He said. So I think God decided that it was time to reveal Himself to his people, and not just a small reveal, because they had already seen quite a few miracles from Him. This had to be something where there would be no doubts about who He is.
God showed up, coming down the mountain in a mighty way. Thunder, lightening, smoke, and the whole nine yards. He spoke directly to the Israelites in a booming loud voice. They all got scared and told Moses they didn’t want God to talk to them anymore. Maybe this was a good thing because they finally accepted that God had been speaking through Moses the whole time. It wasn’t just Moses trying appointing himself leader and trying to look important.
God didn’t just talk nonsense to them from the mountain. This is where He, Himself, presented them with the Ten Commandments. He eventually gave Moses the other laws (about 600 of them). Again, God was establishing the nation of Israel. There has to be leaders (which Jethro helped set up at Rephidim) and there had to be laws. God also set up every procedure for His temple. He began giving out jobs according to the gifts of the people. How cool was it that God knew His people so well. He knew each one and the talents that they had to build His system of worship.
So now that we’ve learned part of the journey of the Israelites and the circumstances and situations God used to teach them how to trust Him. Here a few steps we can apply to help us in our own trust walk with God:
We should not be relying on ourselves.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)
We have all faced disappointments when trusting others and that has often led to the belief that we can only depend upon ourselves. But living the life God has called us to means letting go of that belief. We were meant to rest in God’s understanding. It is sometimes very hard trusting Him completely, so each day we must lay aside our own plans and ideas and surrender to His plans.
Cry out to God
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6)
When we pray, we admit that His ways are higher than ours. We show that we’re leaving our troubles and burdens and dreams in His capable hands.
Run from evil
So much in this world can clutter up our relationship with God. Life works best when we remember the true source of our blessings.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (Proverbs 3:7)
Sometimes, the only way to live the life God wants us to live is by separating ourselves from the bad influences that keep dragging us down.
Look into the mirror of God’s word
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
If we’re ever going to trust in God and flee evil, we have to know exactly where we stand. We have to find a true measure that tells us the truth. And that truth comes from God and His word. When we have scripture grounded firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us.
Rest in God’s love
When we face a difficult world each day, we sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him? Solomon reminded us that God never takes a break or leaves us to fend for ourselves. Even in the middle of our troubles, God stays with us and uses our challenges to shape us, accepting that changes our outlook. We won’t see our setbacks as failures; we will see them as times when our loving Father is working on us. That’s why we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts. He cares for us every day. He gives us what we need to prosper and grow.
Jesus said we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24).
Trusting God takes a complete commitment, but we’re never alone in it.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b)