The Closer You Get To God, The Better You Look To People

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Exodus 20:21

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

O-bservation:

Here is a passage of scripture that seems to carry through the ages. Moses was a man who feared the Lord, but who felt comfortable in His presence. As Moses approached the dark cloud hovering over Mt. Sinai, the people didn’t want to go near Moses, they stayed at a distance.

A-pplication:

There is an undeniable respect for Moses from the people of Israel in this passage. The people respected him because of his closeness to God and because they really feared the Lord. Moses had been through hardship with these unruly people. In Exodus 17:4 Moses asked God what to do; the people were thirsty and Moses feared they’d stone him. In Exodus 18, Moses had a daily ritual of listening to people’s problems all day long. Finally, his Father-In-Law told him if he didn’t come up with a better plan the people would wear him out! At Mt. Sinai, things began to change. The people told him, “Please speak for God and we will do it, but don’t have God speak to us or we will die.” In other words, the closer Moses got to the Lord the more attractive he was to the people. It’s true that we are ridiculed and at times cursed by others for our faith in Jesus. But one’s life cannot be fairly judged over a few days or months. Spend your life drawing closer to God and I can guarantee you, “The Closer You Get To God, The Better You Will Look To People.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

I’m thinking this AM of the years I spent worrying about what people thought of me. I’m so thankful that in time I learned it’s more important what You think about me. I really want to be closer to You! Amen

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