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Hidden In the Cleft of the Rock

Updated on September 20, 2012

"And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence." Exodus 33:19

Moses' request to God was, "Show me your glory." God said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock...I will put you in a cleft in a rock and I will cover you with my hand." Moses was only allowed to see God's presence after He had passed by. While God was passing by Moses had to be "hidden in the cleft of the rock." Never miss the fact, however, that although God's hand was covering Moses, still all God's goodness passed by him and He declared His name, the LORD, Adonai!

Sometimes when we ask God to show us Himself, to reveal more of Himself to us, He answers by hiding us in the cleft of the rock until He has passed by and we are left marveling at His awesome works & presence. For anything more and we would not be able to live: "no one may see me and live." It's interesting that even after all God had done for Moses and the Israelites and all the interaction Moses had already had with him, he was still left longing for God to reveal more of Himself to him.

Just like Moses, when we love God and seek Him, when we recognize His goodness and stand in awe of Him we will always long to know Him more. Sometimes, though, just as Moses was hidden in the rock, God must hide us in the rock...we need to know that it is for His purpose, that ultimately we will feel His presence and know His glory, but we must patiently wait as He passes by, as He works in that situation.

Moses' request in verse 13 was, "if you are pleased with me, teach me your ways, so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." The Lord replied, "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest." Moses' deepest desire was only to be where God is and to know Him more...if this is the cry of your heart, then do not fear if, for a time, God covers you with His Almighty hand and places you in the cleft of the rock. You may not see for a little while, but while you are there, rest, and trust, for He has placed you "near to where He is" and is acting on your behalf in order that you may know Him more. Let Him teach you His ways...and never forget that you are standing on the Rock!


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    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      An inspiring devotion and insight. Yes and Amen... I want to be where He is. And I don't mind being hid in the cleft of a rock.


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      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thank you heart4theword!

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      8 years ago from hub

      Remember that song so well...the cleft of His rock. Yet, for some reason, I never really stopped, and literally pictured God, hiding me in the cleft of His rock...when things are tough. Great word picture:) Lovely written hub!

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      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thank you Lesli & revmjm :) That's funny that you say that revmjm because I read your article about the spiritual seasons and was feeling the same way. Good insight on that one, too, I liked it a lot.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I gave you a thumb's up and marked it beautiful because you write the way I do. While I was reading your article for a moment I thought I might be reviewing one of my own since our style is so similar. Keep up the good work and continue to write in that tone.

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      Lesli Johnson 

      8 years ago

      Beatifully written and useful in content. Your words uplifted my heart and gave me hope.

    • ladyjojo profile image


      8 years ago

      You are most welcome my dear. God first and anything comes after. I am a STALWART Christian that STANDS UP for Jesus Christ.

    • christicue profile imageAUTHOR

      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thank you ladyjojo, you are so sweet. Our God is truly amazing. It's so uplifting and encouraging to meet others who are passionate about Him too!!

      God bless you too and Shalom!

    • ladyjojo profile image


      8 years ago

      I like your hub, thanks voted up, useful, beautiful and awsome.

      Very lovely. In your presence oh God that's where i belong seeking your face in the cleft of the rock.

      Moses was the meekest man.

      God bless you



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