How well do you know God? Are you satisfied with your relationship with Him? Are you growing closer to Him on a daily basis? How close to Him do you want to be?
Exodus 33:17-18 (NIV)
And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.”
Two Ears and One Mouth
In the last post, we saw that Moses was really upset. It seems that Moses he calmed down at this point and is hearing what God is saying to him.
How often do we miss what God is saying to us because we will not simply be quiet and listen? I know that many times it has occurred to me after I have talked and talked to God about something, that He has actually already answered or given direction. The old saying holds true: We have two ears and one mouth – we should listen twice as much as we talk. Of course, we do most of our listening to God while we are reading His Word and in our hearts, as the Holy Spirit helps us. I surely do not want to miss anything He wants to tell me! How about you?
Let’s talk about Verse 17 now:
And the LORD said to Moses…
That the Awesome Holy God of the Universe would speak to a man is simply amazing! That He spoke to Moses… that He speaks to us… is just wonderful beyond anything we have ever encountered. Our Maker – King of All – speaks to us.
“I will do the very thing you have asked…”
What comes to my mind here is that God never does anything out of character for Him. He will always be consistent with who He is – as depicted in His Holy Word.
“…because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Moses had a very special and uncommon relationship with God, especially for that time. Moses lived under the Old Covenant before Jesus Christ came, died for our sin, covered us in His blood and His righteousness. He also introduced the New Covenant and sent the Holy Spirit to guide us in all things. Today, because of what Christ did, all Christ followers can have that kind of close personal relationship with God. When God looks at us, He sees us covered in the righteousness of Christ and He is pleased with us. And, like Moses, He knows us by name. We are His children.
Now Verse 18:
Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.”
Wow! You have to appreciate Moses’ boldness here! Please note, though, that the NIV is the only translation out of the 6 I have that does not say ‘please’, ‘I beseech Thee’, or ‘I pray’ so I am sure he was not as brazen with that request as the NIV appears to indicate.
Actually, it seems to me that Moses was following up on his earlier request that God would teach him His ways and that Moses might know God better.
Do you want to know God? I am saying, do you want to really know God? Do you want to know Him up close and personal or keep a little space between you and Him?
He is no big old teddy bear that is for sure. Not only is He is tender, loving, and kind, but also holy, mighty, all-knowing, and ever-present. As a matter of fact, up close and personal will carry with it fear and trembling. He is an awesome God and He is not controllable or manageable – He is the One who is in control.
I think, again, of the line from CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver, “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Aslan is a symbol of God in this wonderful book.
The Most Thrilling Experience of Life
Ahhh, but being up close and personal with God is the greatest, most thrilling experience in life. To be sure, any thrilling thing that you can think of does not and will never compare. Truly, to know God… there is NO greater thing.
As a result, in His presence, everything comes into perspective:
- His holiness – my sinfulness
- His incomprehensible beauty – the ugliness of my sin
- His power – my weakness
- His wisdom – my foolishness
- His majesty – my unworthiness
- His mercy – my need
- His love – my selfishness
- His greatness – my smallness
- His grace – my gratefulness
- His presence – my joy
Need I go on? We are so blessed that Holy God wants to have a relationship with us. It is just simply amazing!
A Holy Addiction
Oh, my dear friends, His presence is His glory. His glory changes us and ruins us for this world. What I mean is that we will never be satisfied with common life once we have been up close personal with God.
His glory and His presence are where I want to live! How about you? I will warn you, He is completely all-consuming – more addictive than anything or anyone you have ever encountered. Ever.
However, unlike other addictions, He makes you better. In fact, He breathes life into you instead of sucking the life out of you. He is life and He will help you love the people you should be loving and He will help you hate the sin that pulls you away.
All in all, He just makes us better people, for His glory. Ask Him to help you know Him better today!
Oh, Lord, show us Your glory. I ask You now to ruin us for this common life. Make Your presence our all-consuming fixation and addiction. Make us all Yours, please. May we fall completely in love with You. Consume us with Your glory. Then, we can glorify You more in this place that You have put us for this time. Be glorified. In Jesus beautiful, strong name, I pray. Amen.
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