Then, to see the Lord, who had been leading them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, spread out His presence around the mountain in the form of a massive and dense cloud – a cloud that apparently moved down from the top of the mountain — would have titillated my senses. Finally, to hear Moses say that God’s people were going out to the base of the mountain so that they could “meet with God” must have been almost more than many could handle.
The concept of “meeting with God” has intrigued and stirred me ever since I became a Christian. Before becoming a Christian I was interested in meeting people whom I deemed as special individuals. For example, if someone told me that a well-known athlete, politician, educator, entertainer or business leader was going to be in town, I would make adjustments to my schedule and do whatever was necessary in order to view, listen to, and sometimes meet that special person. Even since I’ve become a Christian, I’ve taken advantage of most opportunities I’ve had to greet and meet with influential persons, hoping in some way I would influence those individuals to either respect, receive or adhere to the Christian faith and message. What really confounds me at times, however, is that every day I have the opportunity to meet with the God of this universe, the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” the most special and powerful individual who has ever visited planet Earth, and I don’t always take advantage of that opportunity.
I don’t think that I’m alone in being a person who sometimes misses opportunities to meet with God. I’ve met many distinguished, devoted and power-filled Christians and I have found that even some of them acknowledge that at times, they have also prioritized other people, pleasures or pursuits ahead of “meeting with the God of this universe.” Why do we do that? Why do we sometimes prioritize meeting with other people, or focusing on other pleasures or pursuits to the neglect of meeting with God?” Every person has their own answers to that question; but to me all of my personal answers seem rather trite, trivial, self-focused and sometimes dumb.
Is God available to meet with us regularly? What does it take to “meet with God?” The Bible teaches that God is available to meet with us daily (and on a moment by moment basis if that’s what we desire). Proverbs 8:17 reads, “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.” Jeremiah 29:13 reads, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” So, the Lord is available to meet with us when we genuinely and fervently desire for Him to do so.
What must we do to “meet with God?” Some steps I’ve discovered for myself include:
1) Dedicating times and places to “meet with God” (Daniel 6:10); 2) Prioritizing the Lord in such a way that nothing or no one becomes more important than “meeting with Him” (Matthew 6:33); 3) Praying and asking Him to meet with me (1 John 5:14); 4) Worshipping Him (Psalm 22:3); and 5) Reading and studying His Word (Psalm 1:1-3). The most amazing thing is, if we desire and want to meet with God – He will meet with us – and when we meet with Him our lives are always supernaturally changed in good and positive ways.
As you pray today: 1) Ask the Lord to meet with you today (and every day); 2) Ask Him to give you the desire and ability to prioritize “meeting with Him” on a daily basis; and 3) Keep your appointments with God. After all, there’s no one in the entire universe like Him, and no one can help you more than Him!