God wants to be known. Across the ages since the beginning of creation, God has wanted to be made known in a real and personal way among humankind. Still today with us, God wants to be known.
In God’s great bigness and mighty justice, in swift glimpses we catch of Divine glory on display, in the life and witness of a community living their faith out loud, and in spite of all efforts to suppress the reality of God, God is made known.
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Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this 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 favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”
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Moses is in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula pleading with God. He’d just spent 40 days on the mountain with the Lord only to come down and find that the Israelite people had built a golden calf to worship. In their first crack of doubt, they had already turned to a golden statue with udders. In his insightful leadership, Moses knows the people need to know that God is with them. The real and living God must become known to the people.
Moses pushes God for a response. Will God go with the people no matter how much faith (or lack thereof) the Israelites show?
Moses and the people had already seen many wondrous acts of God up to this point. They survived plagues, walked through a divided sea, and drank water from a rock. Still, they needed God to be made known to them in their journey.
The same is true for us. Be bold like Moses and ask God to be present with you.
Jamie Mackeynext >
Lord, be with me this day. May I find you in the nooks and crannies of my day. Amen.next >
Go in the presence of God.
Go in the fullness of God.
Go in the reality of God.
Go in the love, grace, mercy, and truth of God.
Go with God made known in your life.
Jamie Mackey is the Minister to Students at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. He gratefully refers to himself as the husband to Hope and the father to Cade and Story Grace.
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