Moses stepped out of his tent into the cool morning air. Dawn was his favorite hour, easing gently into a new day while the camp still slept. He was bone-tired and weary. But the mountain, like a sleeping giant silhouetted against the desert sky, called to him. It would take several hours to reach the summit. At first, the path was smooth—then it crumbled and rose sharply, every step filling his sandals with an avalanche of shale. Slow and steady, clutching stone tablets in one arm, leaning hard on his staff to keep from slipping. By the time he reached the granite peak, white-hot sun was flooding the desert floor far below him. What compelled Moses, an 80-year-old man, to make this his solitary climb? You know the story well, but read it again with fresh eyes to see God’s glory
There are two remarkable scenes in Moses’ life. Moses prays, “Show me Your glory,” and God tells him how that will happen. The next scene is a captivating description of that encounter with God. It’s easy to focus on those extraordinary events and miss a key element tucked into these verses.
- Be ready
A few simple steps of obedience allowed Moses to experience God’s presence in a more intimate way. What do you suppose occupied his thoughts while he cut out those tablets of stone? These verses remind us that being ready to meet God involves practical preparation and anticipation.
- Come and present yourself to Me.
Why are we permitted to come into God’s presence and what should be our attitude of approach?
- Exodus 34
- Hebrews 10:19–22
- Hebrews 4:16
- Psalm 100:4–5
- Psalm 119:10–11