November 13– Exodus 33:1-6

 November 13– Exodus 33:1-6

The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.’” Therefore the people of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.

In this passage of scripture God is making it very clear to the Israelites that He can no longer be in their presence. He commands them to strip themselves of their ornaments. They are, once again, sorrowful and are mourning their actions. Removing jewelry/ornaments during times of mourning was a way of showing sorrow.

How do we show sorrow when we have been disobedient to God, or we have disappointed God?

Is our heart repentant? Do we turn from our sin and cry out for mercy? 

Heavenly Father, help me to be truly repentant when I have hurt You or disappointed You.  So often we say we repent, but we make no change to our behavior, and I don’t want that for myself.  I want to truly make a change so You can see I am truly sorry for being disobedient.  Help me be truly repentant when I have grieved You.  Help me see what changes I need to make when I have gotten off on the wrong track.  Help me not be so busy with life that I forget to give You my best.  Thank You, Father for loving me.  I know I am so unlovable.

In Jesus’ name.



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