February 23, 2013 by lellielieb
14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. (Exodus 33)
In this chapter of Exodus, it really seems like Moses is bargaining with God. Moses wants to know God. He wants to see God. He wants to understand God. Moses believes that the presence of God is essential to life. If God is not coming along, Moses does not want to go. I get that.
Moses tells God that it is His presence in the midst of Israel that makes them different. He begs God to show him His glory, and God agrees to allow Moses to see His back. He puts Moses in a cleft in the rock, places His hand over the opening and passes by. When God removes His hand, Moses sees His back. Moses believes that he must see and understand God’s glory in order to really obey. What Moses is really begging for is relationship. I get that, too.
Like Moses in the wilderness, I long for rest, but I long to know God even more. Rest would not be restful without Him. Life is pointless without His presence. I want to have my eyes open to His glory in the large and in the small. Because the Holy Spirit dwells within me, I know that God is always present, but I also know that my spiritual eyes can be blind and my spiritual ears can be hard of hearing. I want to be aware always of His presence, to walk in the way He leads, to get to know Him along the way. I long for His presence to make me different. The whole idea is pretty awesome.