For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss/ponder the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: Exodus 24: 12-18
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
You often hear it said that history repeats itself. This Sunday, we will celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord. It is one of my favorite Biblical stories, I think mostly because it reminds of camp and the mountaintop experiences of our campers and staff.
But until I read this passage from Exodus for this writing, I never saw Moses’ accent up the mountain as a similar story during a different time. Yeah, I’ve heard these readings in church read together on Transfiguration Sunday before. But this time when I read this Old Testament passage, it really struck me how similar the two stories really are.
It also struck me that Moses was up on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. Imagine being one of Moses’ followers. Here you have this leader who says, “Wait here. I’ll be back.” And then he takes 40 days and 40 nights. No wonder the natives got restless and build that golden calf.
In today’s age of instant communication, can you imagine waiting 40 days for your leader to come back? During that time, Moses saw God and learned what God wanted him to know. But, it was in God’s timing, not Moses and surely not the people who were waiting with Aaron and Hur.
This story reminds me that we need to be patient and know that our timing does not often coincide with God’s timing. It has been my experience that in God’s timing, things turn out even better than I expected. Just ask Moses and the Israelites! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for God’s timing in your life.
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