A Glimpse of God
Exodus 33:14-23 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
I once saw Michael Jordan. I saw him at a golf course and I spoke to him and he spoke to me. It wasn’t a long encounter, and I bet he probably doesn’t even remember it, but I do. Because of a chance happening, I can always say that I saw Michael Jordan face to face.
Although I admired him, I had not kept a heartfelt desire to seek him out and see Michael Jordan, but when I did, it was pretty cool. Now imagine Moses, who had been working for God for a while before this dialogue we read in Exodus 33 – how badly do you think he wanted to see God? I believe Moses really wanted to see God, and really wanted to know His face. So this glimpse that God gives him was probably more than he could ever have imagined.
Seek God, and I bet you will feel the same way.