The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction. Exodus 24:12
This is an incredible verse of Scripture that I thought I’d share with you today. At first glance, it looks like God is simply calling Moses to climb the mountain in order to receive the laws and commandments God has for His people. But, there is something so much bigger going on here.
The phrase “stay here” in this verse is better translated by the phrase, “be here” or “exist here.” So, this has led Bible scholars over the years to wrestle with what Moses is actually being asked to do. Is God calling him to climb the mountain to just get the tablets of stone, or is He asking something much more of Moses?
In reality, God is asking Moses to climb the mountain, not only to collect the tablets of stone, but, to come up and be there — to exist there. He is asking Moses to come up and to be fully awake, fully alive and fully present with God in that moment. He is asking Moses to live fully aware of the fact that he is in the very presence of God, the Creator and sustainer of all, in the here and now.
God knows that we live our lives at a crazy pace, rushing from one place to another. Here’s the deal, what God is saying to Moses is simply this: “Don’t miss it!” Don’t miss what is going on all around you. Don’t be so focused on somewhere else that you miss the very moment that you are in. Like Moses, our tendency would be to climb the mountain, thinking the whole time about what might be on the top, only to reach the top, thinking about what might happen when we get back down. All the while, we miss the awesomeness of the present moment.
What would it look like to live a life that is fully present? What would it look like to see God all around you, to live in the mystery of the present moment? I wonder how that would change our perception of what is important in this life.
Today, maybe our prayer can be, “God, awaken me to who You are and what You are doing around me. Help me to be fully present so that I don’t miss it!!”
Have a great day today, my friends!!