Moses’ Prayer – Waiting in Faith and Refusing to go with out God
In Exodus 33:15, Moses prayed to God, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
In today’s scripture we see the people of Israel as faithful followers. When the cloud lifts, they follow. When the cloud does not lift, they stay put.
What a great lesson for us! How often do we race forward in front of God? God is my co-pilot. God’s got my back. But should the best pilot be at the controls? If God has my back, then doesn’t that mean I’m leading and He is following me?
While God may (and in my life, has) bailed us out when we get heading down the wrong path, wouldn’t it be smarter, easier, better and more fulfilling to simply go down the right path to begin with? But we grow impatient. There is so much to do, shouldn’t we be doing something?
But, the example God sets with the Israelites is a simple no. There are times to follow and there are times to wait. When we wait, it is not that nothing is happening – just the opposite. If we truly trust in God, then part of the waiting is the acknowledgement that He is at work, clearing out the enemies, building the bridges, synchronizing all the green lights along the path.
Waiting is not easy, but it is an amazing witness of faith. Waiting is an act of trust. Waiting is a time of preparation. Waiting is a time for Sabbath Rest to God.
We live in a go, go, go world. What would happen if, instead, we lived in a God, God, God world?
Over and over again, the bible is filled with stories of men and women who followed God and amazing things occur. It is also filled with stories of men and women who raced ahead of God and found themselves in horrible situations. Even the Lord’s prayer says, “lead us not into temptation.” That request assumes we are following, not racing ahead.
Try it. I challenge you. When you wake in the morning, pray that God make His presence known to you this day, whether it is a day to move or a day to stay put. Lamentation 3:25, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Galations 5:22,23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
As I thought about God filling the tent of meeting and the Israelites waiting on the cloud, the lyrics to a Hillsong tune kept running through my mind:
“As I wait, you make me strong. As I long, draw me to your arms. As I stand and sing your praise, You come and fill this place.”
When the cloud lifted, they would set out. When it did not lift, they stayed put
It went before them and protected them – it drew their enemies into a state of confusion
He has kept me and my family safe. He has given me renewed opportunities to serve and teach
through Jesus, the light of the world, the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of His being
Ezek 36:26 for me and Matt 7:11 for my family – God is so much better equipped than i am.
God guides everything – it isn’t a question of whether He is guiding, it is whether we are participating and/or observing