THREE REQUESTS OF GOD
- Key Verse
- "Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people." And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exodus 33:13-14)
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Seek to know God by spending time with Him. There you will find rest from your worries, burdens, and difficulties in life.
In the fall of 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda. When I was initially asked, I was SO excited. Then, I began to process the task ahead in light of other previously committed obligations. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed by the responsibility. At family camp that summer, I heard a pastor teach on Exodus 33. I realized I needed to surrender my emotions to God and seek Him like Moses.
Moses had an incredible task ahead just as our lives can hold. I love the picture of Moses going to the Lord "as a man speaks with his friend" (verse 11). Moses requests three things of the Lord in this chapter. I want to know You (verse 13), I want Your presence to go with us (verses 15-16), and I want to see Your glory (verse 18). What a great model of faith! Further, God did everything that Moses asked and was pleased with him.
Knowing God and His truth is the foundation of wisdom and the beginning of peace (Proverbs 9:10). God taught me so much about dependence on Him in 2011, and I was able to rest in the fact that the Uganda trip was His work. I strive continually to mark my days with dependence on Him. However, I am often arrogant and self-confident. I move forward without consideration of the Lord. It reminds me of something our pastor said this summer, "If dependence (on God) is the goal, then weakness is the advantage." Moses depended on God with the task set before him.
When we face difficult or challenging times, it is easy to want to do it on our own. Yet, God wants us to rest in Him. He tells Moses that not only is He going to go with him, but He will give him rest (verse 14). Jesus, God in the flesh, also promises rest in Matthew 11:28-30. He desires for us to rest in Him.
Enjoy your time with the Lord today "as a man speaks to his friend." And, find rest in Him!
1. Are there things in life you pursue that need to be surrendered to the Lord?
2. How would you currently describe your relationship with the Lord? Is He a friend? Or an acquaintance?
3. What can you do to know more of God?
Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.