All His Glory
If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?
Soloman asked God for Wisdom. The Disciples ask God for Boldness; Daniel asked God for a Dream. But Moses asked God for something unique, that the Lord did not grant in its fullness.
In Exodus 33:18 Moses asked for God to show his Glory. This came after a time of great rebellion against God, by his people. Moses had witnessed many miracles by the Lord, he had received food from Heaven, water from a rock and the Law of God. But he desired to see God in his full glory. God's response was that He would make all His goodness pass by Moses. However Moses would not be allowed to see the face of the Lord. The Lord's reason was for the protection of Moses, as "no one can see His face and live," so Moses was hidden in the cleft of the rock, covered with the Lord's hand, and he was allowed a glimpse of the Lord's back.
Think of the many things we strive for. We strive for so many lesser things in the world. We strive for big careers, fancy cars, bigger houses, more friendships, and stylish clothes. So much of our life is wasted on these lesser things, when what any of us truly desire, but are not aware of, is an encounter with our Lord. When you live a life in a relationship with the true living God, you feel peace and fulfillment that you could never find in the things this world has to offer. Moses, in the midst of a rebellious people, recognized the true desire of his heart was to see God.
Imagine back in creation, Adam opening his eyes to the eyes of his creator breathing the breath of life into him. Adam and Eve before the fall wanted for nothing. They had food, they had a beautiful garden, they had a spouse, and best of all -they had walks, with the Lord, in the garden. We need to guide our desires to desire what we were created for, a relationship with the Lord. Wake-up and spend time in prayer with him. In this busy world full of distractions, we need to find a cleft in a rock and experience His Glory.