Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I don’t want to do it. In fact, I try desperately not to. What, you ask? To take a quick peek at the end of a mystery novel to see where it ends up. It’s like I want a little heads-up to know where the novel is going.
In a similar way, Moses wanted to know about the God who was “going with them” as they made their way to the “land flowing with milk and honey.” Think about it for a moment. God had already revealed Himself in spectacular and powerful ways — burning bushes, staffs to snakes, hail-fire and brimstone, bugs, flies, and frogs, parting waters — what more could you ask for! Still, Moses said, “Show me Your glory.”
Thankfully, God said, “No,” otherwise, the story would have ended right there. The “no” was for good reason. To see the unbridled glory of God was to go beyond the boundary of human understanding. God told him, “You cannot see My face [My glory], for no one may see Me and live” [Exodus 33.20].
That is what’s behind the word Almighty. We can grasp mighty, but not Almighty. Almighty takes us from finite to infinite, and we just can’t go there. Graciously, God did allow Moses to get a glimpse of Him. Just enough to satisfy, but not obliterate [Exodus 33.22-23].
Today, we are like Moses in the cleft of the rock. We can know about God, and we can know Him personally. However, in so many ways, He is completely and absolutely unknowable — infinitely beyond our comprehension.
Is that partial revelation enough? I say, “YES!” With our minds filled with the Word of God, and our hearts filled with His Holy Spirit, we can see Him enough to:
Respect Him greatly
Revere Him continually
Replace Him with nothing
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” … Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.” Exodus 33.14, 18