Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 33:12-14 (NIV)
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.’ 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.” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:12-14 (MSG)
Moses said to God, “Look, you tell me, ‘Lead this people,’ but you don’t let me know whom you’re going to send with me. You tell me, ‘I know you well and you are special to me.’ If I am so special to you, let me in on your plans. That way, I will continue being special to you. Don’t forget, this is your people, your responsibility.” God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.”
“Moses said to the Lord, “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, I pray you, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways so that I may know You [becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing and understanding Your ways more clearly] and that I may find grace and favor in Your sight. And consider also, that this nation is Your people.” And the Lord said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest [by bringing you and the people into the promised land].” –AMPLIFIED
We find the story shifting from discussing the Tent of Meeting to a conversation between Moses and the Almighty. Here we find Moses basically saying, “God, you have been telling me to lead your people, but you have never told me who you are sending with me. You keep telling me I know your name (I AM) and that I have found favor with you, but I am not feeling very confident at the moment. Lord. Please, God, if you are pleased with me, if I have found favor with you, let me in on your plans. Teach me your ways so that I can know you more and I can continue to find favor with you.”
Moses, with great boldness, asks God to let him in on the plans that lay ahead. (How many of us have done the same thing; be honest.) Moses’ confidence level with these people must have been wearing a bit thin. Moses reminds God, “Don’t forget, these are your people! They are your responsibility, not mine.”
God’s answer to Moses is not quite what we may have expected. (Let us notice a few things: God is not stressed by Moses words, nor is He upset, nor is He angry.) God says to Moses, “My presence will go with you.” Whatever happens, whatever comes your way; don’t worry, I will be with you.” Notice what else God says to Moses, “I will see the journey to the very end. I will give you rest.”
Moses presses on, “Moses said, “If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this trip off right now. How else will it be known that you’re with me in this, with me and your people? Are you traveling with us or not? How else will we know that we’re special, I and your people, among all other people on this planet Earth?” -Exodus 33:15-16 (MSG)
God’s reply this time is, “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do, for I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name.” -Exodus 33:17 (MSG) God knew Moses name! How wonderful it is that God is personal with each of us. He knows us by name. He cares about us so much that He knows how many hairs are on our heads. He knows everything about us intimately.
We finally get to the crux of the whole conversation. Moses speaks what has really been on his mind since the beginning of this conversation, “Please. Let me see your Glory.” Exodus 33:18 (MSG) Tomorrow we will take some time to dig into this part of His-story. Today let us realize this fact; God cares about each of us intimately. He wants to up close and personal with us, just as He was with Moses.
Lord God Almighty, You know my name! I thank you for being so involved in my life, thank you for caring about me, and thank you for being my friend. Though I may not always understand why things happen in my life or where you are leading me, I ask that you help me to trust you as we walk this journey together. Your loving-kindness is better than life, Lord. I praise your name!