God and Moses are having a little face to face conversation:
If I have found grace in thy sight,
show me now thy way,
that I may know thee,
that I may find grace in thy sight:
and consider that this nation is thy people.
My presence shall go with thee,
and I will give thee rest.
If thy presence go not with me,
carry us not up hence.
For wherein shall it be known here
that I and thy people
have found grace in thy sight?
is it not in that thou goest with us?
so shall we be separated,
I and thy people,
from all the people
…upon the face of the earth.
I will do this thing…
for thou hast found grace in my sight,
and I know thee by name.
Such beautiful words. I really don’t have much to add, but here are a few thoughts that grabbed me.
- Moses and I have some things in common: lengthy begging, a need for God, and doubts that He will actually come through (at least on my part). And God is still the same now as He was then: offering simple promises of love and presence.
- Moses was leading the people into war against numerous enemies. This was no vacation. Yet it was in the face of war that God promised, “I’ll give you rest.” He wants to give us that rest today as well, no matter what we’re facing.
- “Separated” here means “distinguished.” The distinguishing factor of Moses and his people from all the other people was that God was with them. Isn’t that beautiful? I would love to be known for “God is with her!” but realistically I’m more often in pursuit of praise for such lame stuff, like a clean house, decorated cakes, being a good friend, you name it.
Here’s praying for God’s presence to be with you today, such that you can converse freely and honestly with Him, be at rest no matter what you face, and that others will know to be true that God is with you!