Friday, July 30, 2021

Exodus 33 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Exodus 33:11

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

What a beautiful blessing, honor, and joy this would be to speak to the LORD face to face as one speaks to a friend. But as much of a blessing this would be, it could also turn into a pitfall of pride. Because Moses was the one who met with God, he had to guard his heart from the tricks and traps of the enemy, and two verses later, we see one way he did that:

Exodus 33:13- “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.”

Those are Moses' words to the LORD! Moses, who meets with the LORD face to face, humbly asks Him to teach Him His ways! He doesn’t take his relationship with the LORD for granted or act like He has it all figured out! He knows God is so much more than Him and that the only way to truly follow and be His is if you listen, love, obey and follow His commands!

Moses loves His relationship with the LORD, but he wants more of Him! Are we there? Is our relationship at a standstill? Are we comfortable with the relationship we have with the LORD? Or do we, like Moses, want to know and be known by Him more? Let’s ask Him today to teach us His ways that we may obey Him and find ourselves deeper in Him than we ever thought possible!

Psalm 119:12- Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119:33- Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.

God bless! I love you all, but His love is more than enough! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


Exodus 33:21-22

Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 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.”


Yesterday, I was listening to one of my friends preach, and he referenced this verse, and the Holy Spirit said something like this: “The rock in this story is Christ, and we, like Moses, will only see the glory of the Lord if we stand firm on that Rock and are hidden in Him!” The only way we will make it into the Presence of God is through Jesus Christ, Our Rock and our Salvation.


For so long in my life, I thought that Christianity was all about good people doing good things and following all the rules. It wasn’t until I actually met Christ that I realized it wasn’t that at all. It’s more about how broken we are and how good He is! It’s more about our desperate need for Him than who can follow the rules better. Don’t get me wrong, obedience is huge, but it comes from a heart of love and reverence, not from obligation. Think about it like this: We were so desperately lost and doomed that it took the Son of God to come to earth (that He created), to be tortured and murdered (by the hands of the ones He created) by the very ones He was trying to save. We had no hope until Hope came to us, and He came as a baby in a manger and left this earth as a King on a cross!


But take heart because He is coming again! I don’t know when, but I do know that one way or another, we will stand before Him one day, and the most important question will be, does He know you and are you His?


Matthew 7:22-23 – “Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”


Matthew 25:21 - “His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'”


Which response will you hear on that day? If you are not sure, cry out to the Lord and ask Him to show you the way home to Him!


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!




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