Moses went through many tests in his forty years of leading Israel out of Egypt and through the Wilderness. One of the severest tests he endured was when Moses spent time with God on Mount Sinai. The people became impatient with Moses spending so much time in God’s presence and decided to craft an idol for themselves; a gold calf (Exodus 32). The heartbreak for this leader was beyond understanding – to the point of being willing to be blotted out of God’s book if He did not forgive the people for their sin (32:32).
There was only one person, Joshua, who along with Moses, understood the value of God’s presence and would not leave the tent of meeting where God met with Moses and Joshua. Be sure you have in the circle of your closest friends, those who value the presence of God.
Following this devastating action by Israel and the way that Moses interceded and mediated for the people, Moses makes several requests that are distinguishing marks of a godly leader.
· “Show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight” (33:13).
· “If Your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (33:15).
· “Please show me Your glory” (33:18).
God answers each of these requests and affirms to Moses that he has found favor and that His presence will be with Moses. The answer to Moses’ third request is most impressive. “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by.” (33:21-22).
Tomorrow, I will write more about these quotes. For now, I want you to ask yourself; ‘How much do I value the presence of God?’
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