One of our sons is always ready. He’s always set. He’s always prepared. He’s been this way ever since he was little. If we say, “We’re leaving in 5 minutes, so go get ready,” he’s in the car in 4 minutes waiting on everyone else. No, we didn’t teach him this or insist on this behavior when he was little. Apparently it’s the way he’s wired.
There’s an interesting story about readiness in the Old Testament. It comes a couple chapters after Moses, in a fit of anger, broke the stone tablets containing the 10 Commandments. So God spoke directly to Moses and said, “Cut out two tablets of stone just like the originals and engrave on them the words that were on the original tablets you smashed. Be ready in the morning to climb Mount Sinai and get set to meet me on top of the mountain.” (Exodus 34:1-2, MSG).
After God told Moses to make two new tablets, He added two key instructions:
“Be ready to climb…”
“Get set to meet me…”
The first instruction God gave Moses was “be ready.” This takes preparation. This takes work. It involves some kind of planning, organizing, and/or arranging. We cannot just roll out of bed and magically transform into a state of readiness in an instant to execute an action. At the very least, we’ve got to put on shoes before we walk out the door, right?
Be ready for what?—to climb. I don’t know about you, but climbing sounds exhausting to me. It sounds like work. It may sound treacherous, dangerous, adventurous, exciting, exhilarating, intriguing, or even flat out wretched to you. Google says that Mt. Sinai is about 7500 feet tall and takes about 3 hours to climb. But remember, Moses was carrying the two stone tablets which contained the engraved 10 Commandments on them. I don’t know how big they were or how heavy they were. But regardless, his climb up the mountain just got heavier. It just got hotter. It just got more cumbersome and tedious. Ugh!
“Get set.” Again, there’s work to be done, preparations to be made.
Get set to do what?—meet me. When Moses got to the top of Mount Sinai, he was going to meet God. God wanted Moses to present himself to Him. God would be there, waiting on Moses to stand in His presence, and He wanted Moses to be prepared.
Notice God didn’t give Moses much time, did He? Chisel out two stone tablets, do the work, get prepared, get ready…you have until morning.
We don’t know what God has in store for us each day. We don’t know what “mountains” He may have for us to climb. We don’t know what encounters with Him we might get to have each day. And sometimes these “mountains” and “encounters” can be cumbersome and tedious. So, why not be prepared? Why not plan, organize, gather ourselves, and do the spiritual preparations necessary to present ourselves to God? Why not get ourselves ready to have a God-sized day in a God-sized way?
Get ready to climb…
Get set to meet God…
Are you ready for the adventure?