Welcome to the Womens Bible Cafe™ and week four of One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land written by Priscilla Shirer. At the start of this week, we had the opportunity to rank our passion for God. We ranked our passion from cold at one end of the scale, to boiling over on the other end.
The more we study our Bible and learn about God’s unyielding love for us, the more likely we are to feel a deeper relationship with Him. He is a patient Father, teaching and protecting His children in love.
He watches over His nest like an eagle and hovers over His young; He spreads His wings, catches him, and lifts him up on His pinions. (Deuteronomy 32:11 HCSB)
In this online Bible study, we learned about the Mountain of God, the “Sinai experience.” Prayerfully, you completed all of the lessons in your workbook this week. Because if you completed them, you most likely had many insightful moments!
Knowing the Mountain of God waits for you in your wilderness, would you jump at the opportunity to camp at the base of the mountain and wait for Him? Or would you be tempted to rush ahead, take matters into your own hands and see what happens.
Do you climb the mountain, or wait at the base of the mountain. My friends, how many times have we been tempted by instant gratification and impatience. Too many!
On page 89, Priscilla Shirer explains how God wanted to do something for His people. Using her words, I personalized this by replacing the word “Israel” or “them” with the word “me.” Here is how it looks:
“He wanted to make ME His Holy nation, a nation set apart for His services and purposes. He also wanted ME as His treasured possession, meaning that I would be highly valued and cherished. The Lord wanted ME to serve as His kingdom of priests, meaning I would have full access to God and would serve as His ambassador to the world.”
What might happen if you apply this to your own wilderness season? Things will certainly change. Do you live as a woman Chosen?
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
There are many Scripture stories where God speaks directly to people, and where the Spirit speaks to us. During the wilderness journey, God spoke to the people while they were headed to the Promised Land. He wanted His people to know and trust Him. The people were rebellious when they responded to His voice with fear and distance.
God reveals Himself so we will trust Him. After reading the lessons this week, you learned the difference between a healthy fear of God and an unhealthy fear of God.
Priscilla ends the lesson saying “the more clearly God comes into view, the more humbled and in awe of Him you should grow.” Are you prepared for a visit from your Father, the King?
Father, we are humbled by Your presence and Your attention. May each of us be prepared to hear and see You, as You come to us in love. We bow down in your presence, honored before our King. Thank you Lord, for loving us and reaching out to us. Amen.
For me, increasing my intimacy with God requires me spending time in His word and praying to Him that what I am reading and investing is the truth. When I have complete in Him and rely solely on Him will I grow closer to Him and become more intimate with Him. I believe that God does not want us worshipping anyone or anything else because He is the truth and He knows that the truth is the only thing that’s real and meaningful. God is good.