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Dinner with God! Then what?

A dinner invitation from God?  This actually happened at Mt. Sinai!

Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!  (Exodus 24:9-11 NLT)  

What an amazing God we have who is always inviting us into His presence!  He actually wants to be with us!  (See also Revelation 3:20 and 22:17 and lots of other verses throughout the Bible Smile.)

Then what long-term effect do you suppose this experience had on those Israelite leaders?  Well, sorry to say, just 40 days later (chapter 32), the people were caught worshipping a golden calf they’d demanded that Aaron make, presumably with the consent of these very 70 leaders who had just seen the true God in all his glory!  They even had the gall to greet this image as “the gods who brought [us] out of the land of Egypt!”

How can people, like those leaders, turn so quickly from God’s truth, power, and beauty — to go along with something dead, deceptive and demonic?  Is it because our knowledge does not come with allegiance?  Have we not totally given Him our hearts and lives?  Are we willing to conform to the demands of the rebellious crowds?  God, help us to be faithful to You and to Your truth, no matter what!

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Scaredy Cat

I have confessions to make:  I’m a scaredy cat.  Scared of heights.  Scared of water.  Scared of… well, new things and change, and more than I’d like to admit.

But I’m in good company.  Joshua must have been rather nervous about leading the Israelites into Canaan because God and even his people kept telling him, “Don’t be afraid!”  “Be courageous!”  Why?  “God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9, etc.)  

We also read about the Israelites cowering between the Red Sea and the advancing Egyptian army.  And Mary startled by an angel with an astounding announcement.  And shepherds blinded by laser light from heaven.  And the disciples sighting a “ghost” walking on the stormy lake.  And Jairus whose daughter had just died. And many more.  All of these were told “Don’t be afraid.”  Because God is there.

Donna in a wadi

My fear of heights was challenged a few years ago when my husband and I visited Israel and our group walked along a narrow path above Wadi Qilt between Jerusalem and Jericho.  On one side it dropped straight down too far to look (yikes!) and on the other, it went straight up.  I had no alternative but to keep putting one foot ahead of the other, imagining (or maybe it wasn’t my imagination) that I was following my Shepherd along that scary path.  And you know what?  We made it!  It was a faith-growing experience. 

Though I’m still scared of a lot of things, I know that God is with me and will lead me through whatever He permits to happen. 

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