Chapter-a-Day Exodus 33

Fortune_tellingMoses said to God, "Look, you tell me, ‘Lead this people,’ but you don’t let me know whom you’re going to send with me. You tell me, ‘I know you well and you are special to me.’ If I am so special to you, let me in on your plans. That way, I will continue being special to you. Don’t forget, this is your people, your responsibility."

God said, "My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end."  Exodus 33:12-14 (TM)

When I was a kid, we had one of those Eight Ball fortune telling toys at my Grandma Golly’s house. We could spend hours thinking up questions and seeking the future. I remember there was a Ouija board that eventually became a support for my brothers stereo turntable. I grew up daily reading my horoscope in the newspaper. We want to know the future. We want to know God’s plan, and when we believe that God is silent we seek spirits, stars, papers stuffed cookies, and inanimate objects to fill our curiosity.

It’s hard not knowing the future. I watch my daughter, recently graduated from high school, and the future is so wide open to her…and so agonizingly uncertain. Will I complete college? What will be my major? Will I stay at the University? When will I get married? Where will I live? What will I do for a living? Will I get along with my roommate?

We can approach the uncertainty of tomorrow with fear or we can approach it with the expectant faith in God with whom nothing is impossible and who promises to be with us.

Notice that God wasn’t silent with Moses. He merely responded to Moses with the one thing Moses needed to understand: "My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end." God isn’t silent on the subject of the future, He just wants us to entrust the future to Him and reside in His presence moment-by-moment.

Part of God’s message is "without faith it’s impossible to please me." If we knew every detail of the future we wouldn’t need faith. If we knew every detail of the future we might not be willing to go there – and miss out on the experiences and lessons necessary to mature and complete us. If we knew every detail of the future we’d still never be satisfied and we would never learn contentment.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 33”

  1. 11 And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another.
    Last Sunday our pastor interviewed my wife and I regarding how we have been blessed through serving. In preparing for that, I was reminded of a very clear encounter with God during our move two years ago. Long story short, we endured two mortgage payments for six months. We felt so strongly called by God to our current home that we purchased without having our previous home sold. When moving some totes to our storage unit, God clearly spoke to me and told me that we were doing the right thing. I felt a peace and comfort that moved me to tears that night driving alone in the mini-van. It wasn’t until nearly a year ago that God affirmed WHY we were to be in our home. We were put into this place at this time to serve our small group and youth group. While I can’t imagine a face-to-face encounter with God, my own experience felt nearly as close. I praise God for being so personal.

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