Day 20: Moses and the Israelites depart Mount Sinai

Exodus 33:1-23, John 1:14 & Matthew 17:1-5

It seems that everyone who encounters the presence of God or His angels hits the deck with fear. But instead of demanding that we cower from His holy presence, God mysteriously invites us to not be afraid. God invites us to come close. The glory of God changes us.
So what does the mark of God’s presence with us look like?

A Life led by the Spirit. Moses and Israel actually looked to a pillar of flame to follow God. Without flame in the sky, we still have His never-ending promises.

A Spirit of Humility: God calls us to follow where He leads, even if He leads us into the wilderness. Seek Him. Honour Him. He can be trusted.

Identity in Him: He knows us by name, just as He knew Moses by name. He defines who we are. Our confidence comes from Christ alone.

A Spirit of Security: Just as Moses was hidden in the cleft of the rock, God shields us from a glory that would kill us if we saw it without filter. God shows compassion on us in our weakness, and keeps us safe. We don’t have to live in fear.

A Spirit of Worship: The presence of God invites us to proclaim the name of Yahweh. We direct our adoration to Him. He alone deserves our worship.

Delight in Christ: When Jesus was baptized, the Father called Him beloved Son. He takes delight in Christ. God’s presence invites us to delight in Christ also. The mark of God’s presence is love of Christ.

Without His presence, we have none of these things; we cannot manufacture them. To venture forth in anything without the blessings of God is fearfully futile, because His gracious favor is our only security.

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