Moses – I knew the guy rocked, even if he did mess up a couple of times, but the last week I have learned a lot more from him. Both through the Bible study I am working on and what the kids and I are learning during our “Bible time,” Moses has taught me some new things.
First, I need me a Tent of Meeting. Check it out (Exodus 33:7-11) – the guy set up the tent outside the camp and would go in to talk to God. When he went in, God descended on the tent and they spoke personally. Wow! I could have one of those because I too can go straight to God, thanks to my Jesus. I simply need to set aside a time and place for me to be alone with God, to talk to Him and to listen (my most challenging aspect). But wow. Every time he headed for the tent everyone watched. And when they saw God descend, they proceeded to worship. That is some serious conversation and what an amazing impact it had on everyone around him. Much like the new testament when the people saw that John and Peter were just ordinary men, but they were astonished because they could tell these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). I want people to notice that I too have been with Jesus,
Second, in one of his conversations with God, Moses shared my heart as well. Exodus 33:14-17 says, “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.'”
Amazing, right? It is my heart’s prayer as well – if God does not go with us, I don’t want to go either. Without Him, how would people be able to tell the difference between me and all the other people of the earth? I want them to see Jesus, but He has to be with me for that to happen.
We have all made wrong decisions or ended up someplace God did not want us. It was not fun. I desperately long for God to go with me and with my family wherever we go. Without Him, it is all pointless. Because, just as He has taught me lately, everything (Scripture, the church, and my life – everything) is all about Jesus.
So my prayer is the same as Moses’ today. May God’s Presence go with me as well or I don’t want to go at all.