Scripture – Exodus 24:13-18
13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Wow. Can you imagine? A cloud of glory. A consuming fire. Forty days of solitude and fellowship with YHWH, the Creator and God of the entire Universe. You are a young Joshua, aide and apprentice to Moses, the aged but faithful leader of Israel and more importantly, God’s friend. Imagine the scene: you’re hiking up this mountain carrying all this stuff (a tent, food, water, etc) and the higher you go the deeper into the cloud you find yourself. It must have been frightening, it must have been exciting, all the images of the miraculous signs you have seen God do and have heard stories of him doing flash through your head. What must it have been like in the presence of God on top of a mountain surrounded by cloud and fire for almost 6 weeks?!
This was an intensive training time for Joshua. Whether he had any idea or not by this point that he would be the one to lead millions of people into the Promised Land, this was the time that he was truly prepared for the task. Moses invited Joshua into a most intimate time of solitude with the Trinity on top of Mount Sinai – whereas none of the 70 elders of Israel or Aaron or his sons were extended such an invitation.
Experiencing such an amazing journey with a leader does so much to knit your hearts together and build the trust that enables leadership to be extended through relationship.
Who are the leaders in our lives? How can we serve them in times of busyness and multitude as well as in times of sabbath and solitude? Who are the people who are following us? How can we invite them to the top of the mountain? How can we invite them to experience our moments of solitude with God?
Look ahead of you – serve your leadership with all your heart.
Look behind you – invite those who are following you to the mountain tops of solitude and fellowship with Jesus.
Father, you are my friend and my reason to be. I desire to be in fellowship and solitude with you even in the busyness and business of life. Show me how to faithfully serve those who lead me and how to humbly invite those I lead to join me in living life in you. Be glorified today my King. In Jesus’ name.