The man Moses was a mortal man, however, the book of Exodus 33:9-11 described what transpired between God and Moses. Exodus 33:9 recorded it that the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
One of the encounters of Moses with God can be seen in Exodus 33:12. In that book of Exodus 33:12, it was recorded that Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up these people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’
Moses, in continuing his request, told God in verse 13 saying, now, therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way. That I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”
In response to the prayer of Moses, God promised him in verse 14 saying, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” However, Moses emphasized and told God saying in verse 15 saying, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
According to Moses, his argument was in verse 16 where he said, “For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
In verse 17, God assured Moses as he said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
Our main emphasis is in verse 18 where Moses expresses his heartfelt desire as he told God, saying, “Please, show me Your glory.” That is to say, Moses, desired and requested to see the glory of God.
In looking at the desire and request of Moses in which he requested God to show him his glory, God in verse 17, assured Moses saying “for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
Before we emphasize on verse 18 which is our anchor scripture, I wish to look at what God said in verse 19b. Here God said, I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
What the above verse is trying to point to us is that it is absolutely God who decides on whom He will be gracious to and who he will have compassion on.”
From the encounter of Moses with God, we saw that before any man/woman can think of requesting to see the glory of God, he/she must first covet the presence of God in his/her life.
Secondly, the person must have a cordial relationship with God as to find grace in the sight of God, and invariably, God must know him/her by name.”
You claim to know and serve God, but does God know you by name and equally acknowledge that you are serving him? I asked this question because some people who claim that they are serving God don’t even know God.
Do you think that a person who doesn’t know God intimately will be known by God? It is for that reason that you see some sorcerers that turned and claimed that they are pastors, but are patronizing known herbalists, trying to get power from Satan to perform miracles.
There are some genuine pastors, serving God, but they are not ready and prepared for God to show them His glory. Those pastors are such that are taking advantage of their members and making mechanize of their members. However, like my late younger sister used to say, he/she that is deceived, where is his/her sense of judgment?
What I am trying to say is that if you call yourself a Christian or you call yourself a man/woman of God. What makes a difference in individual lives is the level of our commitments, our relationship with God, and the presence of God.
The book of Hebrew 11:24-26 really gave insight into the background of the life of Moses. Then verse 24 says, by faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
Choosing rather suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Another thing that needs to know about Moses was what happened in Exodus 34:28 which says that Moses was there with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water.
You see, Moses, when he was of age despises the pleasure of sin, but some Christians, even the so-called men of God are celebrating their escapades with the pleasure of sin especially $exual pleasures.
Secondly, Moses was in the mountain with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. But nowadays, many Christians, even men/women of God eat with their ten fingers and sleeping on water beds yet expecting to see God’s glory in their lives.
If therefore we wish to see the glory, that is for God to show us his glory, we must hunger and specifically request God for it. Before then, we must ensure that we are in a cordial relationship with God, and seek to find grace in His sight.
And the only way we can ensure that God clothes us with his presence is to vehemently despise worldly pleasures, that is the pleasures of sin, especially $exual pleasures.
In addition, we must ensure that we spend quality time in the presence of God in prayer and fasting. In other words, we must be ready and willing and ready for God to show us His glory. Shalom!