“So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.””
Exodus 33:17-20 NKJV
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 NKJV
I started my morning in Exodus 32, as I read of the falling away of the children of Israel. They had become disobedient during the absence of their leader, and began to seek to make their own god.
This was a depressing start to my morning, as I am seeing many of the same things today, as those who call themselves Christians have quickly turned to pursuing gods of flesh and blood, as Jesus has yet to return.
Encouragement came and saved my morning, when I read the passage depicting Moses meeting with God. It was an intimate moment, as God met with Moses in the tent of meeting.
He met with Moses face to face, and reminded me of Adam meeting with the Lord in the cool of the day. In that moment, Moses shared his hearts desire.
“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.””
Exodus 33:13 NKJV
Of all the things one would ask for, He wanted to know God’s way. He wanted to lead his people in the way that would glorify the LORD.
My heart cry is to know God’s way, to walk like Jesus, and minister to the saints the way that He would. I cry out to the Holy Spirit to guide my prayers as I intercede. I want to love and serve as Jesus did, to look after those whose souls He has entrusted to me in prayer. I desire to walk worthy.
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV
Moses not only wanted to know God’s way, but he desired to see His glory. In our flesh, we cannot withstand the glory of God. God hid Moses in the cleft of the rock, that he would see God’s hinter parts as He passed by. Just a glimpse of God’s glory would suffice for Moses.
But God had so much more.
That Rock beside God was a picture of Christ, as the LORD hid Moses in the cleft, so that He could behold a glimpse of His glory.
We are hidden in Christ, safe from the full glory of God, saved from His wrath. We have protection as we behold a glimpse of God’s glory in Jesus.
Those of us who call upon the name of the Lord have great advantage as God, the Holy Spirit has come to live in us. As we have asked Jesus to forgive our sins, our dead spirit has been replaced with that of God, giving us the power to love, and to fully know God’s way. We have the word of God to guide us as we seek to live each day.
We are reminded that God is with us, even as He is physically absent. We sense His great power and the transformation of our hearts.
Brothers and sisters, there is coming a day when we too will behold the glory of God. We will not just have a glimpse, but we will be able to see Him as He is, as we will be glorified, made new in every way, thanks to the salvation purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross.
Let us be about sharing the Good News, let us tell of glory beheld, of meeting God face to face, through salvation in Jesus. Let us tell of sins forgiven, of lives transformed, of healing and people made new.
In these perilous times, people are looking for something to hold on to, something to bring inner peace in these turbulent times. This world offers nothing, as it is teetering on the brink.
We who are the saved, must go out as ambassadors of Christ and tell the lost that there is hope. May we endeavor to show Jesus in our lives and how we treat everyone, espectially those who we call brothers and sisters.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:12-15 NKJV
Let us be like Moses and desire to know His way, that we fulfill the miinistry that Jesus has set for us. May others behold a glimpse of the glory of God as we go forth, changed, to share the Good News.
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