What can we do to remain standing, even when we go through trials in this world? The answer to this question is to maintain your life on the Altar. Moses’ faith, as well as his communion with God, began when he had the first experience on Mount (Altar) Sinai.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Exodus 3.1
From this point on, the course of his life was not a bed of roses, or privileges, nor could it be compared in any way to his life in the palace, where he grew up. Though he had achievements throughout his life, he went from one desert to another desert, one challenge to another challenge, one battle to another battle. Not only did Moses need faith to conquer, but above all, he needed faith to trust. He used faith to perform miracles and conquer territories, but trust kept him standing during times of trials, during the bad days when he experienced so many difficulties and problems.
The Holy Spirit produces trust. He is the One that maintains a person’s faith in the promises of God, day after day, during difficult times, during times of war against the desires of the flesh, against the devil and against sin, which attack us constantly.
How many difficult moments did Moses endure in the desert? There were times of total stress, for example, when he found himself in a situation where 600,000 men were crying in front of his tent because they were hungry. What was he going to do? (Numbers 11.11-15)
Though Moses faced many battles and problems during his journey through the desert, the source of his willingness and faith to relentlessly serve God and the people came from the Spirit of God, from the Altar (mount), during private moments with God. He often called Moses to the top of Sinai to instruct and strengthen him.
Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24.15-18
What strikes me most in this meditation is that the TRUST, acquired through his communion with God on the mountains, accompanied him from the beginning to the end of his life. The Holy Spirit sustained him until his last breath. After all, his ministry began on Mount Sinai (Altar) and finished on Mount Nebo (Altar).
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34.7
The same should occur with us. Time cannot take away our spiritual vision, it cannot be an enemy of faith. The only way this will never happen is if our life is on the Altar, maintaining our trust in God. Our physical strength may go, but our spiritual disposition to serve God is renewed every morning.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day to day. 2 Corinthians 4.16
The Spirit of God, through trust, sustained the faith of Moses from Altar to Altar.