SAYCO 2016 Post-camp devotion

Exodus 19:1-8

In the first six books of the Bible, we see many instances of the Israelites ‘camping’, before they became a nation with cities, towns and villages.

Often when they camped, they did so either because the Lord had asked them to, or because they were waiting to hear from the Lord. In Exodus 19, the Israelites come and camp at the foot of Mt Sinai. Moses then goes ‘up to God’ on the mountain, hears from him, and shares it with the elders and people of Israel. The crux of the message comes in verse 5, where God reminds Moses, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession…” Moses shares this message with the elders of the people of Israel who respond with a heart of obedience (v8), “We will do everything the Lord has said.”

SAYCO is a little bit like this. We are encouraged and blessed by the preaching and leadership of those who have had time to ‘go up to God’ and sit and listen to what God has to say. Their job is faithfulness & obedience; discern what it is God is saying, to trust that it is God who has said it and to obediently share that message.

As the campers and leaders, we operate more like the elders of Israel in this passage. We hear a message, our hearts are convicted by the Holy Spirit within us and are challenged to respond in obedience.

It really becomes up to us. When we hear a message that challenges the way we understand God, are we willing to listen, work out what God is saying, and then obediently respond?

Finally, it’s really important that we remember that God has already fulfilled His promise to Moses. God has made Israel His treasured possession and through Jesus, it’s clear that you and I are treasured possessions as well!

Imagine what the world could look like if we stepped out in faith, lived obediently to God’s words and trusted in our identity as God’s treasured possessions. 

Questions for reflection:

  1. Katie spoke on Saturday about bringing our ‘darkness into the light of Jesus Christ.’ How might this be similar to what it looks like to ‘camp at the foot of the mountain?’ What might it look like for you to trust God enough to bring your darkness before Him? How might that change how you currently live?
  2. The Israelites were asked to obey God, regardless of how hard it seemed. Where are the parts of your life where you find obedience hard?
  3. If we remind ourselves that we are God’s ‘treasured possessions’, how does that change how we see ourselves? How does that change how we see other people?