As he led God's people, Moses desperately wanted to know the presence of God, and to know God Himself. What does this say about our half-heartedness?
Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’ (Exodus 33:18)
Some years ago, I compiled a book of verses from the Bible, arranged under particular themes. One of those themes was ‘being a Christian’. In this theme, I wanted to give verses that would help someone become a Christian, that would explore the Christian’s character, and would see what it meant now that you were a Christian. It all seemed relatively straightforward, until I thought, ‘Is that it? Is that all there is? To say I’m saved, I’m a believer, I’m a child of God? That’s all great; but surely there must be more?’ And then it occurred to me – longing for God. Yes, this is the Christian’s deepest experience: longing to know God more. Satisfied with him, yet thirsting for more. Passionate for Christ, but still acutely aware that the flames of our devotional life can all too easily go out.
Right through the Bible, this was the longing and experience of true believers. This was Moses’ prayer, our verse for today. Moses desperately wanted to know the presence of God, to know God himself, as he led God’s people. What does this say to our half-heartedness, we wonder? Likewise, David prayed, ‘My soul thirsts for you like a parched land’ (Psalm 143:6). What does this say to our spiritual dryness? The apostle Paul knew the way to a full life of the soul with God: ‘Be filled with the Spirit’ he said (Ephesians 5:18). As Christians we have come to fullness of life in Christ, but still remain half-empty and constantly need to be refilled.
Jesus Christ knew the answer: ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink’ (John 7:37). How can we live for Christ, serving him and others in a world that is spiritually barren? Only be reaching out to him, receiving more of his Spirit, his refreshment, his life, his very self afresh into our lives today.
So, turn to God right now; tell him that you are dissatisfied with your present spiritual state, with where you are now as a Christian. Ask him to fill you again, to fill you to overflowing, to fill you to love him more deeply and to serve those around you more fully.
I want to know Christ. (Philippians 3:10)
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