With winter fast approaching, getting up early is becoming more and more difficult. My little room now has a heater that is waiting to get switched on in the morning. I sit and rub my hands together as I wait for the room to heat up. I have even started dressing for the day before I get here, else the temptation to go back to bed when still in my pajamas is too strong.
I asked myself, “Why bother to get up so early in the morning?” as I examined my day and tried to find a slot somewhere where I could continue to write and spend time with God, when it was a little warmer.
As I reminded myself of my desire to know God more, I remembered those characteristics in Exodus where Moses stands and the Lord comes down in the cloud. As I read the passage through this morning I noticed four words that I had not noticed before about when it was that Moses went to meet with the Lord:
Early in the morning.
Exodus 34 vs 4-8
“So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
My prayer is for a Mount Sinai type experience early each morning. That I will meet with the Lord and that He will reveal Himself to me. May each of my days start with bowing down and worshiping.