Are we tired of our journey? Are we tired of just getting what the world throws at us? Are we tired of just being contented in mediocrity? It is time to step up in our understanding. It is time to move out from comfort zone and pursue God’s contentment in our lives!
Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants. I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. (Exodus 33:1-3 NIV)
Sinai, called also Horeb, is the name of the mountain district which was reached by the Israelites in the third month after the Exodus. It is where the Ten Commandments were given. Sinai, beyond just a mere place of encampment after the exit from Egypt, is symbolically where God had to twist and deal with the stiff necked, hard head people. That is why He gave Ten Commandments that are impossible to meet for a man alone in a lifetime.
It is actually a reminder that people need God to meet His very standard of life in His Spirit as mentioned in the book of Romans.
Now God is not contented just to bring us out from Egypt; from the messes of our past, from our sins, from our regrets. He wants a transformation. He wants a fulfillment of His prophetic words in our lives. What He has said shall come to pass. He wants a loving relationship and not just our membership in a religion or denomination.
The thing here in Sinai is that Israelites stayed for so long that they were contented to be in that place. They encamped for about the whole year. Now, maybe in our lives, after we got saved and received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became complacent enough to be contented where we are at. God is a God of Progression. We thought of just living the way we want it to be. We don’t want to take risk and fulfill God’s purpose for our live. We begin to sink into the fear of the future and forgetting that God is with us. We settle on things and begin to think that ends there.But God is instructing us through these passages in the Bible.
Leave. Leave the place of comfort zone and find our comfort in God. Leave our place of contentment and seek for God’s contentment. Leave the place of fear and enter the place of faith.
And as we leave our Sinai, God has promised two powerful things.
- God sends an angel to guide us. He provides a way to follow. He directs. He convicts. He shows us the path of righteousness. He doesn’t let go of us blinded along the way but He leads us!
- God will drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Now, God will fight the battle against the ruler and principalities that possessed our promised land. And there are times we feel we lose the battle. There are times that the enemy has taken control over our situation, our circumstance, our promised fulfillment. But God does not sit back and watch us lose. He even involves Himself and fight for us. He fights for our salvation. He fights for our redemption. He fights for our healing. He fights for our prosperity. He fights for our restoration. He fights for the fulfillment of our prophetic destiny.
What is our part?
For the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’” 6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb (Exodus 33:5-6 NIV)
- We obey. We should not be like the Israelites who were described as stiff-necked people. They complain and do things their way. God loved them that He sends an angel to guide instead of Him being with them because people might get destroyed because of their strong will that does not submit to Him. We submit and obey Him in faith and conviction that every works good to those who loves Him.
- We surrender. “Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.” We become honest and transparent to Him. We do not cover up. Maybe in our lives, we have lived under multiple masks or ornaments and jewelries to cover up what is inside that is rotting. God is now asking us to let go of these. He wants an honest relationship with us. He wants us to take the journey in truth that we can worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Now, God is asking us to give our all to Him. We will do the obedience and surrender. He will do the transformation that we might fulfill our prophetic calling in our lives. There is more after getting out of our Egypt and receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. There are greater things that await us!