I was having a conversation on the phone with a friend the other day, and she was having trouble hearing me. “Can you hear me now?” became something we asked to one another back and forth across the line. I drove faster to get to the top of the hill. She changed to speaker phone. She eventually hung up and tried again. We hadn’t talked in a while, and we wanted to hear every word the other person was saying. It was taking a lot of effort to just talk. We were trying to get in to the best position to hear and be heard. We decided a face to face talk was necessary, so we scheduled one to look forward to! I can’t wait to actually be in her presence. It will make communicating much more effective.
Moses wanted God’s presence more than anything else. And he told God that in Exodus 33. God’s response was “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”(Exodus 33:14)
What a special word from God. God’s presence with me in any situation, no matter how traumatic, can still allow room for rest.
I have had some challenges here lately and reading God’s words to Moses greatly encouraged my heart. I need God’s presence. I want the rest He offers.
Rest from worry.
Rest from trying to figure everything out.
Rest from the heaviness of feeling so responsible for every person in my family.
Rest from anxiousness that is always right around every corner.
Rest from insecurities.
Rest from people-pleasing.
Rest from frustrations.
Rest from feeling misunderstood.
Rest from performing.
Rest from feeling like I operate in life from a defecit.
How about you? Need rest from some junk? God is with you. He will give you rest. Go to Him. Read His promises.
In Exodus 33:21 God told Moses (after Moses asked to see His glory), “Behold, there is a place with Me and you shall stand there on the rock;”
Have you stood by God in a while? Simply wanting to be near Him? Sensing Him as the only solid foundation in all of life?
Moses put himself in positions to hear from God. God told him in Exodus 34:2, “So, be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain.”
When is the last time you presented yourself to God? Just showed up as you are expectant to hear from Him?
God’s Word is to us and for us. As we spend time with God, we get a better sense of Him and that allows us to rise above the junk of the earth. We see things as they truly are after being with God. We are able to release our worries and rest in His goodness and faithfulness.
“The Lord, The Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindess and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6
It’s worth any effort or energy to put yourself in positions to hear from God. You won’t waste a second of your life seeking Him. He speaks to His children. He offers us rest. I want to take Him up on that!