Now when Moses went into the tabernacle of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice of One speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him. (Numbers 7:89)
It is possible to consider that Moses, having brought the people out of Egypt and to Mount Sinai, and having supervised the construction of the Sanctuary, may have been tempted to think his work was done — or almost done. In reality, his work had just begun. Yes, he had led them, interceded for them, and striven with them — an on many days he was tired of them, no doubt. Still, it was given to him to teach them right up until the point they were to cross into Canaan.
From this example we learn that, if we are to be dedicated to His service, we must be willing to go all the way. We must resolve within our hearts that God will challenge us to go beyond what we think we can or should do. Inspiring the people to build the Sanctuary is great, but inspiring the people to live holy lives is greater. In other words, as God’s people, we must be dedicated to making disciples and not just converts. To do that successfully, it is of the utmost importance that we are able to hear His voice when He speaks.
Ministry requires a lot from a person and will drain one’s physical energy rapidly, which is why it is important that we all know where to find God and how to hear His Voice. By that I mean, regardless of what degree our involvement in ministry is, we must be able to recharge; we must be able to get alone with Him so we can hear Him speak into our hearts and lives. Only then are we able to pour out and pour into others. Even Messiah escaped from time to time in order to spend time, alone, with the Father. So no matter how strong we think we are, alone time with Him is invaluable and is how we will be able to complete the work we have been given to accomplish.
Blessings and Shalom,