“And he said, ‘I beseech You, show me Your Glory’.”

Exodus 33:18

Until this becomes our “Magnificent Obsession,” we’ll always be chasing the wind and laying up treasures where “moth and rust do corrupt and where thieves break through and steal” (Mt. 6:19).

Moses, whose name means “drawn out,” knew God had a special purpose for his life. From the time of his miraculous rescue from the Nile River by Pharaoh’s daughter (Ex. 1:1-10) to his up close-and-personal encounter with and call from God in the wilderness (3:1-22) to Israel’s rescue from 430 years of slavery in Egypt, he knew the God of Abraham’s Hand was upon his life.

There’s no doubt he wasn’t perfect.

He was a murderer (2:11-15). He was a doubter (3:11, 13; 4:1, 13). He was not eloquent (4:10). Yet, God still chose to use him in a mighty way to demonstrate His Love for His Chosen People and His Faithfulness by fulfilling His Promises to Abraham.

And, it was through those years of tending his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness. . . witnessing God’s deliverance of Israel with a mighty hand. . .repeatedly crying out to God over the Israelites’ murmuring and complaining, unbelief, stiff-necked rebellion, etc. . .that he realized he had but one supreme desire in life:

To see God’s Glory.

The Hebrew word “kabowd” is used here for Glory and basically means “to be heavy, weight, splendor, honor, nobility, etc.” Thus, Moses longed to “know God” even as Paul did Christ (Phil. 3:10). And, Moses knew God’s Glory is always found in His Grace; that’s why He didn’t want to go anywhere God wasn’t (Ex. 33:15) and to know he, like Noah, had found “Grace in God’s sight” (v.13; Gen. 6:8).

Oh, dear Pilgrim, isn’t this a wonderful, sincere desire of the soul? Wouldn’t we love to hear the Heavenly Father say “I know you by name and you have found Grace in My sight” (vv.12, 17)?

Well, the Good News of the Cross is exactly that! Long before we knew Him, He knew us (Ps. 39). Long before we were seeking Him, He was seeking us (Lk. 19:10). Long before we loved Him, He loved us (I Jn. 4:19). Hallelujah!!

That’s why we, like Moses, should say every day—yea, every minute of every day—“O Lord, I beseech You, show me Your Glory.”

Like the men who followed the redeemed Samaritan woman back out to Jacob’s well to see Jesus and like Thomas, who didn’t want second-hand faith, we should not be satisfied with others’ testimonies or a shallow knowledge of Christ (Jn. 4:39-42; 20:24-25). That’s what it means to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Mt. 5:6). It’s “knowing Christ” (Phil. 3:10a) in that intimate “communion-union” that comes from “abiding in Him” and “walking in His Spirit” (Jn. 15:1-7; Rom. 8:1). O Lord, show us Your Glory!!

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated April 24, 2010

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