Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:18-23
I’d like you to listen in to a conversation that took place several thousand years ago between God and Moses. In this conversation, you’ll learn something about what it’s like to have an intimate relationship with God, and what you can do to take that relationship even deeper.
The conversation takes place in chapter 33 of the book of Exodus. Moses has just been pleading with God to come with him on the next leg of his journey.
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 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?”
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.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
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” (Exodus 33:14-19a).
What’s amazing to me about this conversation is that throughout this whole journey called “the exodus” from Egypt, Moses has been walking with God, talking with God, and seeing God work in various ways. And yet, here in chapter 33, Moses is still asking to see more and more of God. He says to God, “Now show me your glory.”
One of the lessons I get out of this conversation is that no matter how close we are to God, or how close we have been in the past, we can always go deeper with Him. There’s always more to learn about Him. There’s always more that God wants to reveal to us about Himself, if we’re willing to ask.
Maybe this is one of the reasons God makes it possible for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him when we put our faith in Christ, because it will take that long to get to know Him as deeply as possible.
This idea of spending time with God so that we can get to know Him more is a huge part of what it means to experience His “glory.” If you look closely at the conversation, you’ll see that God says that He knows Moses by name. He knows who Moses is. He knows what makes Moses tick. He knows his name. So when Moses asks to see God’s glory, God replies, in essence, “All right, I’ll show you My name, too. I’ll show you more of who I am.” God knows Moses, and Moses wants to know God.
In the purest sense, this is at the heart of what it means to be intimate with someone else: to reveal more of yourself to them, and to invite them to reveal more of themselves to you.
In fact, the Hebrew word often used in the Bible to describe the conception of a child is “yada,” which means “to know.” When the Bible says that “Adam knew Eve,” it means that they were so intimate that they conceived a child! (see Genesis 4:1, NKJV) Interestingly, this same word “yada” is used to describe the intimacy that takes place when we worship God, an intimacy in which we reveal more of ourselves to Him, and He reveals more of Himself to us.
God invites us to be intimate with Him, to worship Him with our entire beings. He wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, not rushing through these moments of intimacy, but taking the time to reveal ourselves to each other.
No matter how close to, or far away from God you might feel, take some extra time today to ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you. Ask God to show you His glory.
Want to learn more? You can watch a podcast with more discussion about this topic below.