We want to look at that third request Moses made of God; “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). God’s ways and His presence would not be complete for Moses without seeing the glory of God. Even if a whole nation acted in disobedience and unbelief, these three things would be enough for this leader to move forward in his work and ministry.
There was another feature of these requests that proved Moses was a leader God could count on. He was more interested in having a personal relationship with God than all the other human factors that played into his role. In addition to knowing God’s ways and being assured of His presence, Moses wanted to see something of God that could not change by any conditions Moses found himself in. It was the character of God that would sustain Moses through many more trials and disappointments. Though Moses could see God’s glory only partially, as God hid him in a cleft of the rock, it was enough for the rest of the wilderness years.
What about you and me? Do we have the same longing to see the glory of God? How can we see it? John says that God “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory” (John 1:14). Paul proclaims that the “gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God...has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4-6). If we make it our goal to look often at this glory, it will “transform (us) into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (3:18).
This is what motivates and sustains any follower of Jesus. What do you want to see? What you seek after will directly affect how you lead others in life and ministry.
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