Exodus 24:3-4 “And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.”
In our lifetime, we will hear many things. Often, those words to us are significant and some – so significant, we do not wish to ever forget them. Others have made such an impression, we cannot forget them. Some of those words were of praise, encouragement, and support, we committed them to memory. Others were so harsh, critical and demeaning; they caused wounds and left scars.
What we say is powerful, but what God says is eternal. I do not debate the significance of the Word of God. I hold it in such high esteem that I cherish it deeply. He has shown me that the words I read every day have come from His lips to my heart.
We hold some on this earth in such high regard that if they were to acknowledge us, we would consider it an honor. Yet, when the God of the universe speaks to our heart, we question, we scoff, we resist. Often, I have had to ask my Father to forgive me for the times I did not thank Him for speaking to me.
That very voice you and I hear is the eternal God speaking directly to us personally. The privilege and price paid for me to hear His voice should cause us to be in awe. There are some people who have a wonderful memory. Some can recall words spoken to them as children while others of us struggle within a conversation to focus on just what it is the person is saying to us.
When I read in Exodus today, the words: “And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD” struck me. Next to Adam, and possibly Enoch, God spoke directly to Moses more than any other recorded in the Word of God.(1) He was 40 days and 40 nights in the mount Sinai with God when he first received the tablets of the ten commandments.
Each and every time God spoke, He gave instruction on how to live, how to communicate; with Himself and with each other. He taught the law, morality, civility, government, husbandry, dietary laws and so much more. More than my mind could take in given any length of time. So, Moses wrote all the words of the Lord.
Which begs the question, ‘If Moses thought what God was saying to Him important enough to record, why don’t we?’
Is there a place you record what it is God has said to you over the years? Could you recall the time He convicted you of some sin and you sweetly repented and you felt as if His arms wrapped you in His love once more? Or the time He spoke to your heart about a specific area of service or called you to a ministry? Or what of the truths He reveals to you whenever you read or hear His Word preached?
How about those things in prayer that made you stop and just marvel at what He said or what He revealed? In our day and age, electronics have replaced the pen and ink record of so many things. Grocery lists are put into Wunderlist. Our business notes or significant thoughts are in Evernote. Even the very things God speaks to my heart are recorded here in Daily Manna. We’ve grown to use them quite exclusively.
Set it and forget it. Once recorded, we don’t seem to take that thought with us. The art of meditation has almost been lost through the generations. To think deeply about a matter; to cover more than one perspective to truly seek to understand; to not be limited to just our opinion alone.
My Heavenly Father knows me better than any living human being. I can open my hear to Him like no other person. To know that no matter what it is we talk about, I am accepted, loved and truly forgiven has given me such liberty in our relationship. God has set the boundaries and showed me the freedom in those limits He set.
Our meditation should include our interaction and conversation with God. But where do we go to recall just what it is He said regarding that matter? In our ministry of RU Recovery, we provide a tool – Tha Daily Journal. In it, we ask students (and leaders alike) to record the many forms of communication God has with us.
When reading the Word of God, what is it that God said about that verse? What thought did it provoke? Is there something for me to think through or meditate upon? Did I hear a message – and what did God speak to me about? The conviction of the Holy Spirit often goes unrecorded, but in the Daily Journal, there is a place to write down just what He said.
I am not promoting the Daily Journal per se, but journaling for sure. Because there will come a day when we ask, does God really care enough to speak to someone like me? It is then that we go back to the written notes and find – Yes! – God in fact has spoken in the past and He will again. Your own testimony and record of His words to you can encourage you just as David.
1 Samuel 30:6 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
In that Daily Journal, there are tear outs for memorizing a verse and on the back a place to record something to meditate throughout the day. It could just be a 3X5 card. Whatever you choose, try to consistently record just what it is God spoke to you about and you will find your relationship with Him growing closer.
(1) Please grant me some liberty with that statement as I have not quite studied it thoroughly.