Exodus 18 is the exchange between Moses and The Lord following the Golden Calf. God has told Moses to take the people and go and He’ll send an angel to get them safely to the promised Land. But God himself will not go with them. The boldness of Moses in his response demonstrates the depth of his relationship with God, and a deep understanding of God’s faithfulness and character. He says:
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (Exodus 18:15 – 18)
I remember a day years ago, when the girls were much younger, we were holidaying on the Sunshine Coast, and I dragged them out of bed (the night before they declared they wanted to come), long before the sunrise, and we drove a short distance to the bottom of Mt Coolum, and we walked up the side of the mountain. We did it to watch the sunrise – and we were treated to a marvellous spectacle – I have some wonderful photos I could share with you that remind me of that morning.
I share that memory because we made that effort because we were confident that the sun would rise and it would be worth it. We have the same confidence that when we get out of bed in the morning with a right heart and a longing to meet with Jesus and experience a day in His presence – that we’ll experience not only His presence and His blessing.
The sun is already risen this morning – we knew it would didn’t we? Let’s be bold in praying for and seeking God’s Glory like Moses was. Do we have the same expectation of the presence and the blessing of Jesus in our life today? Let’s make sure we do.