Reading: Exodus 33: 12-23
Verse 13: Teach me your ways so I may know you.
Moses represents God’s connection to the people as the spokesperson for both God and the people. Although they are the “chosen people”, what Moses provides is essential to the relationship. At this point, the people do not feel a connection to God that allows them to communicate directly with God. This is done by Moses. The way we communicate with God through our prayers would seem an impossibility to the Israelites.
The Lord God knows Moses by name. It is a personal relationship. Moses has come to know God well enough to be able to negotiate with God, but he wants more. Moses says to God, “Teach me your ways so I may know you”. He is saying, in essence, that he wants to know God even more. God’s response is the promise of His presence with Moses and the people Israel.
Moses’ request should be the request that always lies at the center of our personal relationship with God. “Teach me your ways” should be our daily goal and our constant aim. Central to this should be our own daily communication with God. Each day we should often spend time with God, giving our thanks and praise, seeking His activity in our lives. A part of the conversation must be listening as well – not just to the Holy Spirit but also for God’s voice in our times of prayer. We must also spend time daily in His Word – reading, meditating, seeking discernment and direction, growing in our knowledge of His ways. Lastly, we must live out our faith. As we interact with others, as we meet the stranger, as we work, as we play – in all things God must shine through. In all we are and do, we too should hear, “I am pleased with you and I know you by name”. Just like Moses, we too should have an intimate personal relationship with God.
This relationship made Moses and the Israelites distinct from the rest of the world. They were set apart. What makes us as Christians distinctive and set apart for God? How does our daily living bring God the glory as it draws others closer to Jesus Christ?