This morning, I was reading Exodus 33, particularly the part where God promises His presence to Moses. I know this is a long portion of Scripture to post in a blog, but the message makes it well worth the read.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ 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.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” 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.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.” Exodus 33:12-21 (NKJV)
I had to ask myself these questions: Is what I want more than anything the presence of God? To know that He is with me right now? To know that I am walking where He wants me to walk?
We so easily lose sight of the original intention, which is simply just knowing we are pleasing God. Yet, the more responsibility we’re given, the more He entrusts us with, the harder it can be to focus on that original intention. Like Moses, in the passage above, we sometimes need to stop and turn to the Father, saying, “All I want is Your presence, Lord. I just want to know You. And if You’re not in this, I don’t want to be a part of it.”
Know that God’s presence is with you right now. Know He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you could ever ask or think, according to His power that works in you and through you and for you. Know Him, more than anything.