By: Abigayle Mutua
What is the secret to the relationship that Abraham and Moses had with God? How did they get welcomed into His Majesty’s Secret Service? The next chapter of Exodus offers more insight on these questions. It reads: Then God said to Moses, “Depart, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way” (Exodus 33:1-3)
But Moses said to the Lord: “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 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.” Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name” (Exodus 33:12-17). Look at what happened in these verses. God said, “I will fulfill My promises to your forefathers by sending My angel to escort you, but I am not going with you.” Many of us would have been happy with our prayers being answered by the Lord’s sending an angel to go with us.
I often wonder if we would have even recognized whether we had the angel of the Lord with us and not the Lord. Moses proves his friendship with God when he said, “If you’re not going to the Promised Land, I am not going either!” Moses was saying to God, “You are more important to me than any vision that I have for my life.” This is a key to building a deeper relationship with the Father. We must want Him more than we want what He does. Wherever you find people who love Jesus more than they love the world, you will discover a place that is filled with the joy of friendship.
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