Written on December 13, 2014. By Shari Norvell
Day 13 – December 13
When Moses arrived at the top of the mount, he was weary and burdened by all that was stirring among the people down below. How quickly those thoughts dissipated in the deluge of God’s Presence. Before his journey upwards, Moses was buried in the demands of the people. What he experienced upon his arrival overwhelmed him. In Hebrew, overwhelmed means “to be rinsed, washed or made ready for what needs to enter.” In moments, long days and nights were washed away and the truth of God’s heart for His people invaded. Love invaded. An u-turned, about faced love that softened the stone of the tablets to receive the words of a relentless heart. Moses invitation was to deliver this wild love to a hard hearted people, so they might soften and receive HIM again.
God risked the contents of His heart to remind Moses how far love was created to go. He reminded Moses of what the condition down below was in order to reveal what risks Moses might take for them. Engaged in an incredible dialogue with God, Moses stood vulnerable and bold as he remembered who the people really were and why they were worth fighting for.
And Moses turneth, and goeth down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony [are] in his hand, tables written on both their sides, on this and on that [are] they written; Exodus 32:15
This scripture demonstrates to me the power of true love and our invitation to carry it. Moses was burdened when he arrived but there was no labor on his return journey. He didn’t struggle to hold on to the tablets as the weighed heavy in his arms. It says that Moses carried the two tablets in his hand. Singular. It actually says he carried the tables. He carried the feast of love, prepared and ready to be consumed.
What Moses experienced on his mountaintop cathedral was utterly supernatural, as the finger of God wrote upon stones made by His hand. Vivid imagery that we are invited to see everyday. For each time we come into His presence on behalf of another, God engraves a love letter for us to deliver. When we receive that feast table and embark to deliver it, we become the supernatural beings we were meant to be. There is no more burden. We easily carry love in our hand (covenant) to end the famine of those we pursue His heart for.
But there is one things that interrupts this adventure. Condition. As Moses carried love down, he heard singing. Was that a song of war? No, it was a song of victory. Where the people celebrating the victory of meeting with God. For even on the fringes, it must have been an incredible experience. Oh, had they only been. No, they were celebrating the victory of their rebellion. Armed with idols made from their precious metals, they frolicked with the facade of what they had created for themselves.
When Moses came into the presence of their condition (rebellion and idolatry) he gave way to his, anger. He forgot that he carried the supernatural solution to the problems their condition created. Had he paused for a moment, he might have realized that the love he carried hadn’t been delivered yet. Instead, anger overtook him and he threw love down, shattering it. Their condition became his validation to enter into his own and he cast love down. His valiant words for the people quickly forgotten and replaced with the impoverished thoughts he nurtured for far too long. And he was supernatural no longer.
We are a people who want to see the supernatural of God, asking, pleading and even demanding it from Him. Yet, he offers it to us every day as He opens His heart to us freely. A heart ravaged by love. Heartsick he is, as He waits for us to come and receive the power we cry out for. For it is love that empowers everything.
Being supernatural is easy. It simply requires regular infusions of the fiery, dangerous, consuming love found within Him. The Israelites resided in the withouts of Him, fighting to preserve a lust for more instead of becoming entangled in a love that endures forever.