Drawing you to Himself
Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” Exodus 19:3-6
God summoned Moses in His presence and told Him the purpose why He led them out of Egyptian bondage. They were freed so they could be His people who will offer themselves to Him in worship. The phrase “I carried you on eagle’s wings” in v. 4 was to remind them of His personal care for them. It was God’s desire that He will have a relationship with a group of people that will surrender their lives to Him. He promised to lead them to a land that will be their own. They are to live their lives obeying God and His word, trusting Him, and to show the nations around them who the loving and compassionate Almighty God is. All God wanted from the Israelites was that they will consecrate their lives to Him. “Then the Lord told Moses, “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival” (Exodus 19:10). God is after establishing a relationship to all who will place their trust in Him. It was not about what you could do or accomplish for Him but it was all about having a cherished relationship with Him. When He calls you to get involved in a task or a ministry, His intention is for you to express your total dependence on Him in fulfilling the task. When He allows you to go through circumstances, all He wants is that you will draw yourself to Him so you could experience the strength you need. If you will not be mindful of who God is, it will be easy for you to bypass His plans and proceed to accomplish the task. When you become so involved in doing something for God, this could lead to neglect in nurturing your relationship with Him. Do not forget that all the events, crises, and experiences are God’s workings to lead you to trust Him and bring you closer to a relationship with Him.