Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:7-34:35 / Mark 7:1-30 / Psalm 25:8-15
What do you do when you are in the middle of the wilderness, leading more than 3 million people and your all-in-one guide, navigator, financier and provider quits? This is exactly what happened to Moses when he was leading Israel to the Promised Land. The Israelites blasphemed and rebelled against God several times but the golden calf stirred God’s anger and he refused to continue the journey with Israel.
Moses depended upon God to direct his life and lead him step by step along his journey to bring deliverance to Israel. He was so reluctant but God neutralized his fear by promising to go with him. Moses is now desperate and asks God for direction, to know God’s ways…he needed a roadmap. God’s reply to him, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
Moses had broken the tablets of stone, destroyed the golden calf and executed the offenders but he could not rest until God’s grace was fully restored. Moses was not interested in an angelic guard’s protection but requested of God, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” (vs.15) Moses could not and would not continue on without God’s presence.
God promised to guide, even though Moses did not know the way. God assured Moses of His presence to go with and before Moses in the journey. Some are like Moses, looking for a roadmap instead of the mapmaker! We can rest in His presence to lead, guide and direct all of our tomorrows. God takes care of our future by directing us everyday…the steps of a righteous man are ordered by The Lord! We can journey through a complex and challenging life, trusting Him at all times.
Moses was further encouraged when The Lord told him, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and know you by name.” (vs.17) He encountered God in powerful ways – through the burning bush, on Mt. Sinai and in the tent of meeting yet Moses wanted more. He requested of God, “Now show me your glory.” (vs.18) The more Moses experienced God; the more he wanted. He wanted to draw nearer and closer to God. The passion of Moses…“Show Me Your Glory! I Want It All! Take Me Beyond A Mountain Experience!”
God responds to Moses’ request by telling him, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you…” (vs.19) God would reveal His glory by showing Moses all of His goodness! The glory of God was manifest in God’s everyday, every minute and His every moment goodness. If we want to see God’s glory, we need to only look upon His mercy, grace, love and faithfulness. We don’t have to look long or hard because His glory is clearly seen and very evident in our lives all the time! God is willing and ready to lead you by His presence and show you His glory... Just Ask.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!