Daily Inspiration of Hope
by Pastor Eric A. Lambert, Jr.
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"Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence" (Exodus 33:13-15 KJV). "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18 KJV).
One of the most exciting things about relationships is when you learn more about the other person. Who we encounter at the beginning of the relationship changes as time goes by. The person we meet later may draw us closer or further away. This is the wonder of connection. The longer we are with someone, we will discover many new things: some good and some not so good. We must determine how we are going to adjust to the changes they demonstrate and get closer to them and love them more.
Our Bible passage is one of my all-time favorites. Moses makes some of the most interesting statements made by anyone in the Holy Bible. He asks to know God. I wonder if we have the same desire? Do we want to know God, or do we simply wish for the things in His hands of blessings over His heart of love? He then says if the presence of the Lord does not go with him, he (Moses) does not want to leave the place where he encounters the Lord. Now that is something unique. How often we want something bigger or better without making sure the Lord will be with us in the new venture. Moses then asks the Lord to show him the glory of God. Now, this is the icing on the cake. God, I want to see you for who you really are. I am so hungry for you, I want to risk it all and see you in full glory.
My friend, have you reached that place in God? Are you more concerned about the things of God, such as ministry, work, position, or do you desire to see the glory of the Lord? I hunger for the presence of God, and I am willing to forsake anything to feel the warmth of His love and the power of His presence. Take the attitude of Moses and ask for the heart of God. Remember, the things of this life will pass away, and only what is done for Christ will stand in the day of judgment.
Love God, always!