Shining Like the Stars for His Glory
- Adam R. Cole // January 8, 2010
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?" —Exodus 33:15-16
Because of the life and death of Christ, the wall that that once separated us from God has been torn down, allowing us to come humbly to Him, to plead with Him, to ask for His great mercy.
Throughout time, even before Christ, several individuals had this amazing relationship that allowed them to be intimately connected to the Father, so much that they could openly object Him, in a reverent manner, of course. Abraham was one of those as He pleaded to save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the people that resided within them.
Moses had an epic conversation in this manner, post burning bush dialogue, where He asks God to forgive, find favor (translating to give grace), on the people of Israel, even though they had sinned by raising up a golden calf (Exodus 32). The culmination of this conversation comes in Exodus 33:12-23, when Moses steps into what was known as the "tent of meeting,” the tabernacle erected to be the place where one-to-one dialogue with God could occur. Here, Moses practically demands that God go with His people and lead them, to be with them as He has promised.
Says Moses to God (v 15-16): 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?"
God would end up renewing the covenant with the Hebrew people. He gave them new tablets that held His commandments.
He said to Moses, as if to further give credence to the fact that He would honor Moses’ request (Exodus 34:10): Then the LORD said: "I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.”
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after this, with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, his face was radiant, glowing-because he had spoken with the LORD.
What an amazing conversation! May we take this and go out the same way: to ask God to step into our journey, to come face-to-face with Him so that He may reflect His glory onto us and that we may reflect it back to the world. We are nothing without God walking with us – but He so wants to walk with us, as long as we ask Him.
Praise: For God’s great goodness and His election of us as His people.
Prayer: That we, like Moses, seek God out, as the only answer to our walk.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, we come to You, as this new year begins to unfold, and ask You to be in everything we do, to show Your presence, to truly go before us. We know You have called us, those that were reborn into Your blessed family, to shine, shine like the stars. May we radiate as Moses did, and not for ourselves, but so that You and You alone may claim the glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.