“‘Oh that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!’ Go and say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’ But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them…” | Deuteronomy 5:29-31
In this passage, God is talking to Moses and sharing with him the plans and desires of His heart toward this consistently failing people who He loves greatly: Israel. When I think of Moses and his consistent walk with the Lord, I also think of a life of loneliness. He probably felt very misunderstood, disappointed, and evidently frustrated with his Israelite brothers and sisters who consistently chose to grieve God’s heart.
Have you ever felt this way in standing for the Lord: alone, misunderstood, frustrated that no other believers around you seem to be as passionate for the things of God? Note that God doesn’t tell Moses to have a pity party or to get angry with the people. He tells Moses to stand here, right where he is, by Him. This is what our sweet Savior is calling us to do as well, my friends: stand here with Him. Then, He instructs us in what to say and do and how to best meet the needs around us.
Elisabeth Elliot once wrote, “Loneliness is a required course for leadership.” Thus, this season is a necessary part of our growth and intimacy with Jesus Christ.
I pray that this poem encourages your heart to stand by Him…
Here, by Him, I Stand
Sitting under that big oak tree,
Ants nibbling at my toes,
I saw there a real-life analogy:
Your protection and the grievance of foes.
There they go, away to their tents,
All those I thought my friends.
With a heart of sorrow utterly rent,
My will to Yours now fully bends.
“As for you, stand here by Me,”
You beckoned to my heart.
Words You wrote leapt off the page;
Once frazzled, now I knew where to start.
This means stop the doing,
That restless itch to go, go, go.
For all my life You’ve done the wooing;
Oh Lord, help me to “be still and know.”
Resolute, steadfast, but not alone,
You’ll tell me what to do.
Though my heart to wander is prone,
As for me, I stand by You!