Moses was quite the man. He was a stuttering shepherd. God called him and he led millions of Israelites out of slavery into the wilderness, and prepared them to go to the promised land. Moses and the Lord talked quite often. The Lord wanted to talk to all of Israel, but the Israelites were scared of Him and just wanted Moses to go talk to the Lord. So Moses would go up on the mountain, and the conversation would begin. Sometimes, Moses stayed in the presence of God for a long period of time. One time, he stayed forty days without eating food or drinking water, a supernatural fast where his needs were taken care of exclusively by God.
One day, Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
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. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Exodus 33:18-20.
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:5-6
Moses spent a lot of time with God. He stood with God when a lot stood against him. He led people courageously. In the midst of it all, there is this one moment when God and Moses have a different kind of encounter. Moses doesn’t just hear from God, but God passed right in front of him. You and I have something Moses didn’t have. The continual indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God.
Sometimes, you get used to what you have. I hate to say it, but we do. We take for granted that God himself is living inside of us. The question that rises out of all this is, “How much do I desire God?” How much do I want God? Not an experience, but an encounter with the Living God. How much do you want God?
What would you give to have the kind of encounter Moses had with God? How much time would you give? What would you give to know God in this way? I think because I grew up with the understanding that God was with me that I don’t realize how amazing it is. God’s Holy Spirit is inside of me, and wants to guide me and direct me to whatever He wants. Not what everyone else says. Not what everyone else thinks. What God wants. How much do you want God? What would you give to encounter Him like Moses?