As I walk my dog, I sometimes listen to Scripture from my phone’s Bible app. I don’t get as much out of it as when I do my inductive Bible devotions, but it is at least something.
Right now, I am listening through Exodus. Here are some truths that brought me joy as I walked the other day:
- Just like the tabernacle was sanctified (or set apart) by God’s glory, we are sanctified by the God’s glory when we are saved. The Holy Spirit comes to indwell us just like the presence of God dwelled the tabernacle. Our body is now the temple of the Holy Ghost.
And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
Exodus 29:43, 45
- More than any other thing, we should desire the presence of God. Like Moses, our heart cry should be, “If I don’t have the presence of God, then I don’t want to go anywhere! I need His presence first!”
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Exodus 33:14-15
- I want to find grace in God’s sight like Moses did. I know that I have found grace in His sight by receiving His salvation. But I also want to find daily grace by abiding in His Word and obeying His commandments. It is also comforting to know that God knows me by name!
And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. Exodus 33:17
- Moses desired to see God’s glory — and God showed it to Him. Do I desire to see the glory of God? I should!! God will show me His glory — maybe not by God hiding my face in a rock and passing by like He did with Moses, but I will still the glorious workings of an almighty God in my life when I ask to see His glory. The glory of God will be evident when it is desired.
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. Exodus 33:18
- God is so merciful and gracious with me. When I consider how many times I have sinned just like the Israelites have sinned, He is longsuffering and forgiving. He is abundant with His goodness to me. It is amazing to consider how kind He is with me — just like He was with the Israelites.
And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. Exodus 34:6-7
- It was obvious to the Israelites that Moses had been with the Lord. He did not know that his face shown as he had no mirror, but others saw right away that he had been with the Lord. When we spend time with the Lord, it will be obvious to others. Our demeanor will change, our actions will change. We will start to reflect the Lord more and more. Am I shining with God’s love and light? Am I reflecting my Savior to those around me?
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. Exodus 34:29-30
When we take time to read His Word, He will speak to our hearts. I hope you are encouraged by these verses like I was!
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