I only have 4 hours of weekend left! What happened? I feel like I'm always desperately trying to find more time in my day, but this weekend was fabulous. I went to Bemidji to visit a couple friends last night and drove back today after a relaxing afternoon at a coffee shop.
The Lord blessed me this weekend with Exodus 33: Moses and the Glory of God. This is a conversation that Moses and the LORD had just after He commanded Moses and the Israelites to leave Sinai.
Moses: See, you say to me, "Bring up this people," but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, "I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight." Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.
YHWH: My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
Moses: If you presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people from every other people on the face of the earth?
YHWH: This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.
Moses: Please show me your glory.
YHWH: I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name "YHWH." And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But, you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live. 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. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.
Wow! So Moses struggled with doubt and uncertainty to, huh? "Who will you send with me?" is Moses' question and the LORD's answer is "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Wow wow wow wow wow! This seems to be a 'why are you doubting me? take heart!' kind of statement. I needed this reminder and the LORD is gracious for giving it to me. Praise HIM! To God be the glory!