We have lived in Florida for twenty years now. I couldn’t be more grateful to God that He allowed Tommy and me to raise our children here. It has been the joy of my life watching my children grow up near their cousins and grandparents in a warm climate that has allowed them to play outside everyday of the year. I am a big outdoor person, so this has been so important to me as a mom.
As I was walking my dog this morning along our normal route I stepped on a few fallen acorns. I actually like the feeling under my feet as they smash and all of the seeds come out. It reminds me of when my Sara was little and we used to take walks in the fall just so she could smash acorns under her little feet.
I kept walking along and lizards kept darting in and out of the path before us. I giggled to myself thinking how scared I used to be when I would go on walks years ago and they would do this. I would think it was a snake slithering out of the bushes or something. Now I just smile at these crazy things and thank God that they eat all of the nasty bugs off of my prayer porch. They really are nice to have around.
Yes, it has taken time to get to know the ins and outs of living in Florida. It’s taken time to learn what plants actually grow here and what ones look pretty at Lowe’s but are destined for destruction the second I put them in the ground during the wrong season. It’s taken time to learn that our 4th of Julypicnic should start at 5 Pminstead of 1 Pmunless I want a house full of people escaping the inevitable afternoon storm that is carrying off pool umbrellas and tents with it’s crazy force.
Yes, learning the Florida lifestyle has taken time. Great time, but time. So does developing a relationship with Jesus.
A true, love relationship with Jesus, one that knows when Holy Spirit is beckoning, calling, leading and guiding you, takes time. This time involves time in the Word and time in prayer.
Moses knew this sort of relationship with Father God! Moses spoke with God one on one. God spoke, Moses listened.
Moses spoke, God listened.
That’s a relationship right there.
Moses’ relationship with God was so precious to God that He spared the Israelites’ disobedient lives over and over because of Moses’ obedience. In Exodus 32 and 33, we see this grace poured out on the Israelites to honor Moses.
Exodus 32:7-10 reads, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.””
God is ready to wipe them out. Their idolatry has just about made God lose His cool. But Moses talked to God. He sought the favor of God, asked God to spare them. And…God did.
I love chapter 33 because God spared them. He told them to go on ahead and go into the land He promised their forefathers they would get, but He said, “I won’t be going.” He actually says in vs 5, “if I go with you for even a moment I might destroy you.” Lol… I love God’s honesty. He’s like “listen Moses, I’m sparing them for you, but they still bug me.” That’s the “Mo Version” translation here.
Yes, my friend, Moses’ relationship with God meant so much to God, it actually saved the Israelite nation. Do you see how much God desires communion and a relationship with us? It’s His heart’s desire.
This relationship didn’t happen overnight for God and Moses, it took time to develop. So does our relationship with God. Becoming one with The God of the Universe takes time. Yes, we are saved immediately when we accept Christ, but just like learning to live the Florida lifestyle took time for me to learn, learning to live according to God’s Word and Will, takes time as well; time in prayer, time in worship, time in communion, time studying The Word and time loving on God and learning to receive His Perfect Love which casts out fear.
Let’s spend some time building that relationship today. It’s the most valuable friendship you will ever experience. And, you don’t even need a to have a burning bush experience to have it.