12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33:12 – 23)
Our 40 Days of Discipline journey this year will focus on a topic that is practically impossible to fully define – God’s Glory. God’s glory is after all, incomprehensible and incomparable. Even though defining our theme is difficult, the topic is of utmost importance. Over the next 6 weeks, we will learn how practicing the Spiritual Disciplines helps us to continually gain a deeper understand of God’s glory.
Please set aside 15 minutes without distraction. If possible, find a place that you can escape to daily and start by asking God to guide you. Read the passage above and consider the questions below.
- In your own words, what do you believe Moses is asking for when he says, “Now show me your glory” (verse 18)?
- Why do you think he makes this request?
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