Week 7 February 11 - 17, 2018

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 33:14-23, we read a dramatic account of Moses in prayer with God as he pleads for the Lord to reveal more of His glorious presence. In this one passage, we see that the very presence of God offers Moses three areas of satisfaction that his heart could not experience through his own efforts: rest, purpose, and joy.

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 15-16 he says, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth.” This purpose is an identity firmly rooted in being one of God’s chosen people. It’s a purpose that can only be fulfilled by a God who responses in verse 17 by saying to Moses, “I know you by name.”

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    

Click Here For Downloadable PDF




Pressing on Toward the Prize

The Apostle Paul knew his life’s calling with crystal clear clarity: To please God by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ so that the church would be established and the Kingdom would be restored. Despite his former life as a zealous Pharisee who was concerned with religious achievement, as a born-again believer in Christ Paul was committed to letting go of the past to put all his efforts into fulfilling his future. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, “…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

A Prayer and a Priority

Much like Moses in Exodus 33, King David is another man of faith who has a laser beam focus on pleading for the satisfying presence of God. David confesses that the only request he really cares to petition God for is a request to be close to the Lord and admire His beauty. He says in Psalm 27:4, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

For Him, Through Him, & By Him

There are few passages that demonstrate the supremacy of Jesus Christ throughout all of creation better than Hebrews 1:1-4. In this passage we see that the world was created for Christ, through Christ, and by Christ. In verse 2 we see that Jesus is “appointed the heir of all things” as the supreme ruler of the universe. Later in verse 2 it says, “through whom also he created the world,” revealing that the world was created through the sovereign hands of Christ. And finally, we see in verse 3 that “he upholds the universe by the word of his power,” stating that every moment of the world’s existence is sustained through the strength of Christ alone.

Tips to Keep You on Track

The book of Hebrews is sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Gospel” because it reveals what Christ is doing on our behalf right now in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. One of the roles that will continue to repeat itself through this week’s reading of Hebrews 4-8 is that Jesus serves as our High Priest. This means that Christ is the one who intercedes for us and takes our prayers directly to the Father on our behalf. As you read these verses, let them remind you why it is so important that we pray in the name of Jesus – because He is our High Priest who speaks for us and pleads for us at the right hand of God Almighty!

Week 8 Readings: February 18-24

-Day One:  Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110; Hebrews 4

-Day Two:  Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111; Hebrews 5

-Day Three:  Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31; Hebrews 6

-Day Four:  Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7

-Day Five:  Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8