Trembling and Fire

August 26 | Exodus 19:16-19

“And it came to pass on the morning of the third day that there were thunderings and lightnings and a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, and all the people in the camp trembled. Then Moses brought the people from the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. And Mount Sinai was surrounded with smoke, the whole surface which the Lord descended on it in fire, and the smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the mountain trembled greatly. Then it happened that the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered in thunder.” (Exodus 19:16–19)

When I was pastoring in Eastern PA we had a thunderstorm that brought quarter-sized hail plummeting to the pavement and lightning like I have never seen before. I was so fascinated I was touching my storm door while I stared at the effects. That was until lightning struck our church chimney. I’ve never moved so fast in my life.

Is your vision of God too weak for your mountain? He is the God of the mountains. He scared the Israelites so badly that they made Moses their spokesman. Close your eyes and imagine God coming down on Mount Sinai.

But how easily the Israelites forgot the image of the mountaintop God. Not much further in the wilderness they complained about His provision. God proved over and over with signs and wonders His powerful might.

When you face your mountain, remember God is the God of the mountaintop. There’s nothing too difficult for Him. If it’s impossible for you it’s right up His alley.

Action Step: Tell your mountain about your big God and watch it melt in His presence. Thank God that he is the God of the mountain tops.

Heavenly Father, I know my mountain is just a resting place for Your presence. Give me a God-sized vision of who you are. Melt my impossible situation before my eyes. You are glorious and mighty!

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