Reading for Today: Exodus 24:12-18
Verses for Reflection: Exodus 24:13-14 (NRSV)
13 So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”
When you take some time away from the regular happenings of the world to spend with God, what happens? Does the world stop spinning? Do the kids stop needing you? Do all the regular tasks that absolutely MUST get done somehow cease needing to get done?
Even Moses, the leader of God’s people, had regular daily responsibilities. Moses couldn’t spend time with God without assigning some others to take care of his regular responsibilities…because the world doesn’t stop turning when we take time out for God.
Maybe that’s why it can be so difficult to “get away” with God. Stuff still has to get done. The price of the tradeoff seems too high.
And yet, this passage actually makes the opposite point: the price of staying in the world and taking care of regular stuff is what’s too high. Had Moses stayed with the people (instead of going up the mountain with God), he would have been left with mediating disputes, and he would have missed “the glory of the Lord” (verse 17).
What would you rather spend time doing: menial tasks or enjoying the glory of God?
Reflection task for the day: Schedule some time to be alone with God. In that time, pray, reflect, focus on enjoying God’s presence. Write down everything you enjoy about your time with God. When you’re done, write down everything of the world you missed out on while with God. Compare the two and ask yourself: which is more worthwhile? Go and live accordingly.
Have a blessed day,