Preparing for God’s Presence
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div
10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. Exodus 19:10-11, 16-18
God is coming to his people. But his people must prepare themselves and the preparation is more than just to sit and wait. Entering God’s presence was a big deal. The fact that Moses was given instructions shows that, Even though Hebrews 4:16 tells us to come with “confidence/boldness,” there is a huge difference between being confident and being arrogant or thoughtless. We must prepare as we draw near to God.
Brethren: They had to cleanse themselves. Baggage had to be given up. They needed to change their clothes. The same thing is true for us. In this season, we are preparing ourselves to hear from God. To prepare we need to rid ourselves of any sins that we are ‘wearing’. If we don’t shed the unholiness by asking for forgiveness, we will not be ready to enter the Lord’s presence.
It is encouraging to see the power of God displayed when He showed up. The mountain shook with His presence. That is the God we are crying out to and preparing to hear from. As we prepare ourselves over these 21 days, don’t do it with arrogance or thoughtlessness. Prepare your heart. Give over to God the rags that you have dressed yourself in. Prepare your life to hear from Him.
Brethren of The Mystical Order and all who are following us in these 21 days of prayer. What things in your life do you need to clean out so you can be ready to hear from God?
What big things do you need to cry out to God about? Remember, we serve a powerful God who can handle it!