Shew Me Thy Glory - Part 2
Review of Part 1
In Part 1 we looked at how Moses craved the presence of God. We looked at the definitions of the word crave, and what that meant to Moses, and to us. He, like Paul and other Bible heroes would not allow anything to come between themselves and their God. Moses was focused on the One he loved, and desperately wanted to know him better.
We also considered the phrase to long for. All the longing of Moses heart was directed toward his God.How much do we long for, or long after Christ? He is the only One who can truly satisfy.
We looked at how pride can short-circuit our search for God, and contrasted pride with humility. God always hears a humble heart.
Then we examined the word beg, and its synonyms beseech, implore, and entreat to name a few. God honors the craving, humble, begging heart. He meets us in our insufficiency, and raises us up when we are weak.
Lastly we considered the need to have clean hands outwardly, and a pure heart inwardly. All of our outward actions begin inwardly. We may look good on the outside, but God sees what is on the inside.
Losing the Presence of God
Moving on from here, let us now consider how we might lose the presence of God in our lives. Ephesians 4:30 gives us this instruction – “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God . . . .” I Thessalonians 5:19 tells us to “Quench not the Spirit.” Sin can also take on another form we do not consider often. There are sins of commission; things that we do that grieve the heart of God. There are also sins of omission; things that we do not do that quench the Spirit of God. We know that it is wrong to steal, to lie, or to cheat. When we do these things we commit sin. God longs to forgive, but yet He is grieved over our sinful behavior. We likewise know it is right to read the Bible, to pray, and to witness. When we fail to do these things and omit them from our lives we have quenched the workings of God in our lives.
A while ago, I was walking to my favorite place to pray in the woods near my house. To get there I had to cross a small park which contained a basketball court. I noticed a man shooting baskets, and the Holy Spirit very clearly impressed upon me that I should witness to the man. In my impure heart I reasoned that I did not know him. What would I say? How would I approach him? To make a long story short I was fearful, and I never did approach the man. God’s Holy Spirit was quenched. He wanted to work, but I would not allow Him.
I was on my way to my secret place to pray, but praying was hard after that incident. I lost the presence of God in my life. Not only did I quench His
Spirit, but I also quenched His presence. The presence of God is delicate. We must take every precaution to guard and protect it, lest it slip away.
The Plea of Moses
Now, back to Moses – Reread Exodus 33:15-18, “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.”
Can you hear the pain in Moses’s voice? Do you sense his desperate situation? His dependence was completely on the Lord. His desire was wholly focused on Him. He saw his life and very breath as coming from Jehovah.
And then notice the Lord’s response – “. . . I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name . . . .” Although God is sovereign and all-knowing, He responded to the pleading of Moses. He answered the prayer of a sinful man and came close to him. God’s grace is not limited, nor is God a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). It was the heart of Moses that drew the heart of God. God will come to you in the same way if you come to Him with the same heart. It was the intimate crying of Moses that brought about the intimate relationship with his God. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” will, in His unchanging ways come to you if you seek Him with your whole heart.
Is having the presence of the God of the Universe in your life worth the effort of seeking Him? His road is narrow. His ways are hard. His steps lead to suffering. You, and you alone can answer the question. What will it be?
The story really does not begin in verse 15. Look at verse 14, “And he [God] said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” God already promised Moses his presence, but in verses 15-18, Moses continues to speak his cause. There was no misunderstanding as to exactly what Moses was asking. He did not stop until he had the assurance of God Himself, not once but twice, that the Lord would reveal Himself. Keep on asking. Keep on expecting a personal encounter with God.
Why must we seek the presence of God? Because mankind lost it in a place called The Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:8 tells us, “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. . . . and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD . . . .”
Our first parents hid themselves from the presence of God. They wished to be separated from Him, and in their sin, that same desire has passed upon all men. But what a wonderful thing! We read in verse 9, “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”
While it is true that we must diligently seek for God’s presence, it is equally true that He is longing to seek you out. If God moves upon your heart to seek Him with your whole heart, know that it is He that made the initial step. It is He that is moving on your heart to even cause you to seek Him.
God wants His best for your life. He desires to heap blessing upon blessing on you. Why would we not seek for the God of Moses as he did? Jesus Christ is the answer to every bleeding heart, as He first bled for you. He desires an intimate relationship with you. Can you get a hold of the fact that the God of the Universe wants to communicate with you, to have fellowship with you. David askes the question in Psalm 8:4, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Can you answer that question?
What a wonderful gift God has given us, yet so often we never take the time to unwrap it. God’s presence comforts. His presence gives of peace, and frees us from worry. His presence strengthens and emboldens us. His presence protects. His presence satisfies. The list goes on. Today is the day to unwrap His presence, and live in His glory.