Show Me Your Glory, part 13: God Confirms

“And Yahweh said to Moses, ‘I will indeed do this thing that I have promised, for you have found favor in my eyes, and I have known you with a name.’”

(Exodus 33:17)

 

God confirms that he will fulfill his promise to Moses and to the people of Israel.  This promise is the same promise that God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and is the promise that Moses reminds him of in defending Israel against God’s righteous wrath (Exodus 32: 13).  Yet, beloved, this is the same promise that God makes to those who trust in his Son, Jesus Christ, for their salvation.  God’s presence will be with us.

Notice how patient God is with his promises of reassurance.  It is not that God likes being redundant, but it is that God recognizes our weakness and need to be reassured of his continued blessing.  How often, when we are facing difficulties or when we fall into sin, do we think of God having left us—I don’t feel his presence, people often say.  Yet, beloved, God has promised to stand with you through all of the mountains and valleys of life if you are a believer—you are his and he will not allow you to slip through his fingers.  Just because you cannot “feel” him does not mean that he is not there, ordering and shaping your life to bring you back into conformity to the image of his Son.  God has repeated this promise over and over in scripture—it is not going away.  So beloved, stake a claim on these promises—stand on them.  They are trustworthy and true and will never fail you even when you fail to trust and rely on them.  Why are these promises so stout and true?  Because God stands behind them and who is more worthy of trust than him who spoke creation into being?

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