Wednesday Word 10.21.20
Exodus 33:12-23 New International Version
“12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 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?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
That Moses! I guess his experiences up to this point must have emboldened him to keep asking God over and over to help him and his people. I mean over and over. No wonder God tells Moses that he will choose to whom he shows mercy and compassion. Sometimes I wonder at the people in the Bible and the way they plead and try to make their case in spite of their behaviors. Hmmm. Isn’t that what we do?
It is easy to judge the choices others make. It is much harder to examine our own behavior from an objective vantage point. It is humbling and, frankly, a little embarrassing to think that my prayers may just sound like endless whining to the Recipient. Moses had the good sense to ask for help to learn more in order to be more pleasing to God. I can only hope to follow his good example. I definitely need to whine less and learn more of God’s ways. How about you?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki