|Moses and The Glory of God 3/25/2020 12:36:52 PM|
Dwelling in the Word
Moses and the Israelites are in the desert. Moses has been called by God to lead the Israelites and Moses wants to know who will help him and how will the people know that God has chosen Moses to lead. Then Moses asks for a personal confirmation of his favored relationship with God.
Moses said to the Lord, “See, you are telling me: Lead this people. But you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said: You are my intimate friend; You have found favor with me. Now, if I have found favor with you, please let me know your ways so that, in knowing you, I may continue to find favor with you. See, this nation is indeed your own people.
14 The LORD answered: I myself will go along, to give you rest.
15 Moses replied, “If you are not going yourself, do not make us go up from here. 16 For how can it be known that I and your people have found favor with you, except by your going with us? Then we, your people and I, will be singled out from every other people on the surface of the earth.”
17 The LORD said to Moses: “This request, too, which you have made, I will carry out, because you have found favor with me and you are my intimate friend.”
18 Then Moses said, “Please let me see your glory!”
19 The LORD answered: “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim my name, “LORD,” before you; I who show favor to whom I will, I who grant mercy to whom I will. 20 But you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live. 21 Here,” continued the LORD, “is a place near me where you shall station yourself on the rock. 22 When my glory passes I will set you in the cleft of the rock and will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand, so that you may see my back (sideðŸ˜‰); but my face may not be seen. (Ex. 33:12-23, NABRE)
See God has a sense of humor. Sometimes it is easiest to see God presence in our lives in hindsight.
What catches your attention in this passage?
What questions do you have?
What might God be saying to you?
Listening for God’s Voice in the Circumstances of our Lives
It can be difficult to see God at work in real time. Frequently God is most visible in hindsight. Time and perspective help us see God’s handiwork more clearly.
One way to see God present in the circumstances of your life is to do a Life Review. Reflect on your life. Perhaps one decade at a time. What were the key events in that decade? The joys, sorrows and same old, same old times. What effect did they have on your life? What did you learn from these experiences? And where did you see God in these experiences?
It is a popular activity for grade school or middle school youth to interview a senior member of a community and capture their life story. I invite you during this quarantine to spend some time preparing your own life review. You can spend one hour or 2 weeks as you are so moved.
Remember it is easiest to see God in hindsight.
About 30 years ago I experienced a major depression, I was in the pit (Psalm 40). During that time a woman from the church I attended called every Friday. We were friendly, acquaintances but not friends. She called weekly and I dreaded those calls (this was before caller id). With every call I’d wished she would stop calling and leave me alone. But she faithfully called every Friday.
After the depression had passed when I looked back on that time, I saw that those weekly calls played a key role in getting me through that depression. Her faithfulness in calling was an expression of God’s faithful love and presence in my life. I asked her later why she called each week and she said she just felt the need to call. This was one way that God was present in that dark period of my life.
After some time reflecting on your life you might notice patterns. How do you most frequently interact with God? How does God get your attention? I describe my relationship with God as a wrestling match, like Jacob wrestling with God through the night (Genesis 32:22-32). There is enough of a pattern in my life that when I find myself resisting something, angered or annoyed with something, unable to let go of an idea or situation, I ask if God is trying to get my attention.
Each of our relationships with God is unique. God comes to us in ways that are unique to each of us. Ways that God knows will get our attention.
Today if you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.
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