Reading for Today: Exodus 20:1-21
Verses for Reflection: Exodus 20:18-19 (NRSV)
18 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”
Did you know, or do you remember, that God spoke the Ten Commandments directly to all the Israelites? Did you know, or do you remember, that the reason God ended up giving the rest of the commandments through Moses was NOT because that’s the way God intended to deliver the commandments but rather because God’s chosen people were too afraid to hear what God said directly?
Did you know that God still speaks to us today? Jesus told us God would speak to us through God’s Holy Spirit, aka The Spirit of Truth.
So often, people tell me they wish God would speak to people today. According to Jesus, God does. I wonder if people struggle to hear what God is saying to them for the same reason the Israelites struggled to hear: fear. If you’re afraid to hear what God has to say, you won’t hear God over the noise of your fear. That doesn’t mean God’s not speaking; it just means you’re not hearing.
Reflection task for the day: Try this for today, even for a whole week. Spend some intentional prayer time asking God to speak to you and to open your mind so that you will not be afraid but will instead hear what God says. Ask God directly to calm your fear. Then, listen. Don’t just listen for a few seconds; listen until you HEAR.
Have a blessed day,