Moses Asked, “Show Me Your Glory”

Happy Friday Everyone!

Last night at prayer, we centered our focus around Exodus 33:12-18

One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”

The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”

Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”

The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”

Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”

So we prayed for 2 hours on this topic… and once again, prayer meeting was more precious than anything in the whole universe.

If anybody knew about the glory of God, Moses did. God worked through Moses to send the plagues on Egypt. Moses was the guy who split the Red Sea and led Israel across on dry ground. Moses was the guy who spent 40 days in a mountain and received the Ten Commandments, a document carved into stone tablets by God’s own hand.

So it makes sense that Moses would ask for more of what he had tasted before. Ask anybody who has ever tasted God’s glory and you will find a hunger for more.

Moses said, “For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”

Is this true of God’s people today? Are we distinguishable from other people groups because of God’s obvious presence on our lives? Is the fire of His glory burning on our altars, or has that fire long gone out?

Just like Moses, I’m having conversations with God in the year 2010… conversations about something richer than being a Christian by name only. I want more of what I have tasted at various times throughout my past 20 years. Dear God, decorate my life with your glorious presence!

Let’s read these verses again, pretending that we are Moses and this is our burden. Let’s meditate on the possibilities… until an appetite for the glorious presence of God rises in us like it did in Moses… until we have it, like he did!

One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”

The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”

Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”

The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”

Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”

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That’s it for today. I just finished praying for you all. Make this a most triumphant day! With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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