Moses drew daily strength from his time alone with God. Deuteronomy 34:10 says, “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” Moses had a ton on his plate, leading the Israelites through the wilderness to the Promised Land. But in the busyness, he carved out time to meet the Lord face to face.
When we let someone see our face, we’re inviting them into our life. We take off the mask so the person across the table can see the real us. In these times of open, honest, transparent communion with his Lord, Moses came down from the mountain with his face radiant. His countenance shown so much the Israelites asked him to put a veil over his face (Exodus 34:33). I’m sure his outlook on life changed as well. In the pressure cooker of desert season, Moses had the daily joy of intimate communion with his Lord.
In 1853, at age 21, Hudson Taylor took a ship to China to be a missionary. He landed in Shanghai and partnered there with a few dozen missionaries. Soon he noticed a huge cultural barrier. The western missionaries were sharing the gospel in European dress – suits, ties, hats, shinny shoes, dresses. Hudson took a courageous step and became the first missionary to dress like the Chinese – in pigtails and Chinese clothes.
By the time of his death in 1905, the China Inland Mission he had founded had 825 missionaries living in all 18 provinces, with more than 300 mission stations, and 25,000 converts to Christ. Even after the persecution under communism, estimates say that there are roughly 200 million Christians in China today. God’s work in this great country all began when Hudson Taylor answered the call to go where the need was greatest.
In the book, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, written by his son, the first sentence reads, “Hudson Taylor was no recluse. He was a man of affairs, the father of a family, and one who bore large responsibilities.” We can only imagine. But, here’s the surprising part. He continues, “He was no giant in strength, no Atlas to bear the world upon his shoulders. Small in stature and far from strong, he had always to face physical limitations.” So, what was the secret to such a life? He tells us, “Hudson Taylor had many secrets, for he was always going on with God, yet they were but one – the simple, profound secret of drawing for every need, temporal or spiritual, upon ‘the fathomless wealth of Christ.”
Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord. Be encouraged today. The same God who met face to face with Moses wants to meet with you as a friend. As God called Moses up to the mountain, Jesus calls us each day to come and find grace in his presence. In those times, we mount up on wings as eagles so we can run and not grow weary, and walk and not faint. May we have the same resolve found in 2 Corinthians 4:16 from The Message version, “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”