Face to Face With God: Can I Have a Relationship Like Moses?

Like Moses Did, You Can Have Intimacy With God

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.

Intimacy—God’s Idea

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. TodayI 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.’

(Ex 33:7-11)


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4 thoughts on “Face to Face With God: Can I Have a Relationship Like Moses?

  1. PrayNow

    What a great teaching, this spoke to me right where I’m at and right where I want to be hungry and desprate for more of God! constantly filled with his love! How great for us that we, in a greater day, get to experience even more than Moses through Jesus Christ!! Bless you and your ministry and the fire of God would fill you to continue preaching the good news and releasing the prophetic insight to the bride!

    Thanks,
    Andrew
    PrayNow

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Andrew, great to hear from you.

    I see you’ve recently started ‘Pray Now,’ it looks awesome and I encourage all our readers to check it out.

    Love your heart for prayer and God’s Presence, it’s great to know there are others on the same journey!

    I’m exploring this tension between the sobering awesomeness of God’s glory (that causes me to want to hold back or tread carefully into His Presence), and the child-like desire to jump in. He so welcomes us any way we come and I love that about Him.

  3. Don Ayres

    I got saved just over 15yrs ago and the Lord spoke Ex 33:11 to me very early in my walk. It was in reading the book of Exodus, but there was just something about that verse, it just stuck with me. So much so in fact that it didn’t take long for me to realize the Lord didn’t just lay that verse on my heart, He branded it there. For a long time, I asked in prayer what was there about that verse that intrigued me so much. About four years into my walk, there were things that started happening, due to wounds I had, I became angry and frustrated, no longer thinking about that verse. There has been a lot happen since then. I’ve been through my own book of Job a few times, not to mention some other things. Then, about a month ago, I got a devotional which I get daily that hit specifically on this verse. It was then in that moment I realized that what the Lord wanted to tell me, wanted me to see, is that he wanted that same personal relationship with me that he had with Moses. So for the past week or so, I’ve been searching on the internet to find things to help me dig deeper into this. It was during that search that I came across this very posting and hence this site. There are a few other things on here I came across as a result of this one. I’ve been told by a friend that the Lord has a prophetic calling for me, but I usually ended up frustrated a lot, because I didn’t understand why I was having a harder time hearing God than when I was younger in my faith. But I can say that with finding this source, that fire is being rekindled.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Don, thank you for leaving the comment. I’m glad you have found some articles here that have helped you in your journey.
      What an extraordinary privilege and blessing to have God call you into the place of intimacy with Him. Your hunger will continue to draw you closer to Him

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