Desert Experience

cactus1Where I am standing is a chilly 55 degrees, obviously Four Peaks must be a little cooler!

canyon-lakeCanyon Lake with Four Peaks in the background!!!

I spent most of today doing the most important thing I could ever do; seeking God. By the shore of Canyon Lake I was once again fascinated by God and His handiwork. The scenery was incredible but even more impressive is the fact that all of this is just to get our attention, God is giving glimpses of His glory and power. I needed this glimpse today! As I sat in my car lakeside I once again read about Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 33. This is one of the most captivating stories in all the OT for me. For one thing, we learn in verse 11 that God spoke to Moses ‘face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.’ This means that God came down to Moses’ level somehow where Moses could experience God, yet still live to tell about it. Almost if by surprise the thought occurred to me that God really does reach out to us. Now, I have known that for many many years, but there is still something special about sensing it in a fresh way. God reached out to us, Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission, His Spirit IS now reaching/wooing us towards intimacy. Wow, what mysteries!

As for Moses, this guy was bold! It was not enough for him to experience God in a buring bush, or on Mt. Sinai, or even here ‘face to face’. In verse 18 Moses presses in further and confidently asks God to reveal His glory. This request is full of faith, motivated by admiration and inspired by intimacy. It sounds strange, even dangerous & you’ve gotta love Moses for asking! God answers Moses request in a way that I believe surpasses what Moses was actually asking for. God reveals to Moses His glory, His character, and His purposes, again inviting Moses to engage in His activity. Moses got to know the ways of God on a deeper more intimate level, not simply by receiving directions. This was a revelation of ‘who’ NOT ‘what’! God showed Moses Himself and that includes His character, His ways, etc. it’s a package deal.

What an example Moses gives here for us to emulate. I pray that we could get fresh glimpses of God’s glory, revelations that would draw us into the depths of Him. May we, in all our searching for what to do in life, always center our search on ‘who’ it is we are looking for. May we dare to ask BIG things of God and see Him answer in ways that are ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Ephesians 3:20)


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