Week 7 February 11 -
Do you believe there is anything God could possibly bless you with that is greater than His very presence?
Search the depths of your soul for what you think would bring you lasting joy and see how it measures up to having the Creator of the universe sitting right next to you. If you were honest, you would admit that your heart yearns in such a way that it cannot be satisfied by anything God can offer besides Himself.
The heart’s cry for satisfaction is something that money cannot buy, pleasure cannot satisfy, drugs cannot numb, and fame cannot replace. It’s a satisfaction that we all have been robbed of because sin separated us from God. But it’s also a satisfaction that God desires to restore to those who will pursue His presence by grace through faith.
In Exodus 33:14-
First, God says to Moses in verse 14, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” This promise of rest is something that God offers exclusively to His redeemed children. It’s a rest from the oppression of enemies, a rest from having to provide for oneself, and a rest that salvation has been secured through the forgiveness of sins.
Second, Moses responds to the Lord by proclaiming that he needs God’s presence to have any purpose to continue in the wilderness. In verses 15-
Finally, Moses seeks after the greatest joy of his heart by asking God to reveal more of His radiant glory. God quickly alerts Moses that mankind cannot witness the full glory of God and still live. However, God still promises to reveal a portion of His glory as He hides Moses in the cleft of a rock, covers his face, and passes by in a moment. Even just this brief snapshot of a veiled look at God’s passing presence is enough to know that Moses was offered the opportunity to obtain the highest degree of joy a human heart can experience: Witnessing the glory of God!
Although we will not see the full glory of God on this side of heaven, God has still promised us that through faith in Jesus Christ our hearts can find satisfaction in God’s personal presence. Christ promises to give us rest, purpose, and joy when we place our trust in His lordship. Will you, like Moses, plead for more of God’s presence today as you seek to find satisfaction for your hungry heart?
Pleading for God's Presence
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