GOD spoke to Moses face-to-face…
The Promise of God’s Presence
12 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.’
13 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.”
14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
Moses here, in these four verses, is getting real with God, because he knew that he was not able to do what God was calling him to do without God’s leadership; God’s power; and GOD’S presence in his life.
Now let’s travel 3,467 years into the future, from 1,447 BC to 2020, to the battles we are facing.
Are our battles and our obstacles any less real and formidable to us; do we not also need God’s leadership, power and presence in our lives today?
As God once said to Jehoshaphat, when he was out numbered and out powered by the enemy forces,
“And GOD said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you,
‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.'”
—2 Chronicles 20:15
The key part in Moses’ prayer is when he asked of God, “show me now Your way.”
Moses was asking GOD to,
“give me your wisdom and show me your way, that I may follow you.”
Is that not also our pray today, in whatever battles we are facing, that God give us His wisdom and show us His way.
1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us, speaking of those things, written in the Tanakh (Old Testament),
“Now ALL these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
And in verse 13 we are told that,
“No temptation (Grk: peirazō = to be tested) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
And in Ephesians 6:12 we are told to put on our battle armor daily,
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
And so equally for us today, as it was for Moses 3,467 years ago, the battles we fight today also belongs to the Lord, because it’s a battle between light and darkness.
In the New Covenant, Jesus tells us that,
“I AM the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE…”
Our job, as Christians today, is to take His yoke upon us and to come to Him and learn of Him (Mat 11:29); and for us to then prioritize, in our life, the seeking of His Kingdom; to follow Jesus and to understand His WAY of doing things.
This is the same knowledge that Moses was seeking from God in Exodus 33, when he said “show me your way.”
Being a Christian is all about our developing a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ; our being filled with His Spirit; and our learning to practice His presence in our lives 24/7 – 365.
And finally James warns us not to be half-hearted and of a divided mine in this pursuit,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’
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