When was the last time you read the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20? Have you ever read what came before Moses received the laws of God?
Exodus 19 describes something out of a movie; loud trumpet sounds, thunder, lightning and thick clouds around Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, and the entire mountain quaked. I am thinking only the mountain quaked as the Bible says. Did the land quake too?
Then as the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Could this be in an audible voice? Did everyone hear God´s voice, or just Moses?
Imagine witnessing these events of thunder, smoke, trumpet sounds, and earthquakes. The Bible does not mention if this lasted minutes or hours, nevertheless, it must have been something to behold. When we read this, there is no room for doubt it was the finger of God that wrote the Ten Commandments. Who could deny it?
The entire populations witnessed this, and as Moses climbed the mountain, after some time, the people below began making an idol out of gold.
It seems they forgot the display of power rendered by God.
I have been practicing gratitude in my journal writing. While we may not have the thunder, smoke and trumpet sound today, writing out what I am thankful for does something inside of me.
It reminds me of everything God has accomplished in my life. I am reminded how He has answered my prayers, protected me, and shows up at the last minute. I know it´s God when at the eleventh hour, a financial need is met.
He does not answer by way of a long and loud trumpet sound, but I see it in the simple things. There is no smoke around the mountain where I live, but His protection is with me.
Gratitude keeps me aligned with God, tuned it, and so very thankful.
For some reason, saying why I am thankful to God makes me feel safe and loved by him.