Exodus 33:13-15, Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Psalm 27:4, 8, One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. … 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Jeremiah 29:12-13, Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, “Far too many of God’s people tend to plateau in their Christian life. We get to a place where we are saved, our sins are forgiven, great changes have taken place in our life, we are faithful to church, we are giving financially to the Lord, and we are involved with a ministry or two, but then something happens …. WE STOP GROWING, and this is especially true in our knowledge and love for Jesus. The solution to this problem is to get back to SEEKING GOD!”
God is looking for a people who are not simply seeking His provision, His protection, and not even simply His power. God is looking for a people who are SEEKING HIS PRESENCE a people who desire to know God!
In Exodus 33, there are many lessons that can be learned. Among these many, I will mention just two thoughts worthy of our pondering:
- God had a task for Moses [Exo. 33:1, 12]
- Moses refused to go without God [Exo. 33:15]
Moses was called by God to do a great task, yet, he understood that without God’s presence going before him, and with him, he couldn’t get the job done. God has called all of us to do something for Him. Whether it seems significant in our eyes, or the eyes of others, if God has called us to do it, IT IS SIGNIFICANT, IT’S A GREAT WORK!
Isn’t it time we come to realize that we need God? Isn’t it time we believe the words of Jesus, when He said, “Without Me, you can do nothing”? The early church was told to go to Jerusalem and “wait for the promise” (the power of the Holy Spirit). How about us? Don’t we need that same power that they needed?
We hear a lot about leadership principles, different methods for ministry, and that’s fine. Yet, God is looking for men who are willing to admit their inability to do anything of eternal value without the presence and power of God. God is looking for men who, like the men and women of the early church who are willing to wait on God. God is looking for men and women who are willing to pray and seek the presence of God in their lives and ministries! As E. M. Bounds once wrote:
“Men are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. … What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer … The training of the Twelve was the great, difficult and enduring work of Christ. … It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God – men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mould a generation for God.”
He also wrote the following words:
“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”
O Lord, give us men and women who hunger and thirst for Your presence and power in their personal lives and ministries. Give us men and women whom You can use to “mould a generation for God.”