There is something compelling about the image of Moses speaking directly with God, standing with the cloud of God’s Presence at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. (Ex 33:7-11)
- How did it feel to be that close to God?
- What did God’s voice sound like?
- What must it have been like to know that God wanted to spend time talking personally with Moses—sharing His own intentions and feelings?
Moses had an intimate friendship with God that no one else at that time shared. And yet, this relationship is available to each one of us, should we desire it.(John 15:15, 2 Cor 3:12-17)
It has been said, ‘you are as close to God as you want to be.’ A glimpse of Moses’ prayer life shows us the nearness to God that is possible.
Our word ‘intimacy’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘innermost.’
An intimate friend is someone with whom we can share our deepest personal feelings. ‘INTO-ME-SEE’: Intimacy implies a high level of transparency in a relationship.
Intimacy is what Adam and Eve had with God at the beginning of creation, when the Lord walked in the Garden of Eden with them. Intimacy is what they lost when they disobeyed God’s word. (Gen 1-3)
Intimacy of relationship is what Jesus died on the cross to restore; hence, we know it is very important to God. (Gal 4:4-6)
As it has been said—‘If God seems far away, guess who moved?’
God has already done all that He can to restore intimacy with us. He is waiting for us to make the move towards Him.
5 Ways Moses’ Face to Face Relationship Challenges Me
As I contemplate Moses’ friendship with God, here are the truths that confront me:
1. God Wants to be Close to me.
The pillar of cloud moves towards the Tent of Meeting, where Moses has kept his appointment with God.
The depth of God’s desire to spend time with me, and the price He has paid to do so is beyond my ability to comprehend.
- I know He desires to be with me—too often, I move to meet Him hesitantly. Today, I choose to take bold, firm steps towards God
2. There is Always More of God to Encounter
Moses has a ‘face to face’ friendship with God. He speaks with Him in the cloud of His Presence. And yet, Moses is still dissatisfied with his current experience of God.
‘Lord, show me your glory.’ (Ex 33:18)
- There is always more of God to encounter; dare I, like Moses, request it—and what will happen when I do? Lord, show me your glory, increase my capacity to bear it.
3. Intimacy Involves 2-Way Conversation
Moses shares his concerns with God, but he also listens as God shares His own plans, thoughts, and feelings.
There is a place of intimacy, beyond the self-absorbed prayer I have known, where I can move from self-consciousness to GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS.
- I wonder—when was the last time I listened to God as He shared His feelings and plans? Lord, may I hear Your voice today.
4. A Friend or an Onlooker—I Get to Choose
The people of Israel stand at the entrances to their tents, watching in awe as Moses enters the Tent of Meeting.
The people of Israel were onlookers. They saw the distant cloud of God’s presence but did not hear the conversation. All they knew of God’s words were what they heard second-hand from Moses (Ps 103:7)
- Am I content with being an onlooker while others get close to God? …I say, ‘No’… I want to see You Lord, I want to hear Your voice for myself
5. Withhold, or Disclose my Inner World?
Moses does not hold back his thoughts, his grievances, his desires. His life is an open book to God.
I can open up my real inner self to God because I am safe with Him. Nothing is hidden from God, He knows all about me anyway. His grace is the remedy for my weakness, His forgiveness the remedy for my sin.
- God says, ‘Come to Me as you are.’ (Heb 10:19-22) Will I reach for more of the intimate relationship with God that Jesus has paid the price for?
**One day when my daughter was small, we were walking to church when it started to rain. I shrunk against the side of the building to avoid the damp; after all, the rain would spoil my hair. My daughter leapt out into the rain, her arms flung wide, yelling out, ‘I just want to get wet!’ That’s the attitude I want to have towards the Presence of God. The Kingdom is for the children (Matt 18:3)–will you join me?
The people of Israel stand at the entrances to their tents, watching in awe as Moses enters the Tent of Meeting. The pillar of cloud, which has been leading the people of Israel in their journey out of Egypt, moves towards the entrance of the tent. Now it stays, positioned at the doorway, while the LORD speaks with Moses
‘face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.’
© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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