What do you want most out of time spent in the presence of God? Is it a better understanding of the Bible, or clear direction for your life or ministry? Would you just ask God to supply all your wants and favorite things in life? If you were concerned about getting a job or finding the right person to marry, would that be what you want most? What about asking God to deal with all your enemies or taking away struggles, conflict and persecution?
None of these things, and many more, measure up to this request; “Moses said, “Please show me your glory”” (Exodus 33:18). It was a simple request, but with an entirely different focus. Moses was not concerned about himself, even though he could have asked for relief from the burden of a rebellious people through the wilderness. At this moment, Moses wanted to know more of the character and glory of the God he served.
“And He [God] said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (33:19).
The best way we can grow spiritually and become better and more effective servants is by getting to know God better. God showed Moses His glory and it changed Moses. “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (34:29).
When we become more interested in the presence of God and His glory, we are changed and it quickly becomes evident to those around us. This make us more effective as husbands or wives, fathers or mothers, members of the Body of Christ and ministers of the gospel. Whatever role we have, the presence and glory of God will make us far better at what we do.
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