Show Me Your Glory, part 7: Show Me Your Ways

“And Moses said to Yahweh, ‘See, you said to me, ‘lead this people up.’  But you did not reveal to me who you were going to send with me.  And you said, ‘I have known you with a name and you have found favor in my eyes.’ And now, if I have found favor in your eyes, reveal to me your ways so that I may know you and so that I may find favor in your eyes.  And understand that your people are this nation.’”

(Exodus 33:12-13)

 

The request of Moses to understand God’s ways should be understood as carrying a double meaning.  First, the ways of God are holy and pure and in them is life (Psalm 119:37).  Sanctification is an ongoing process for every believer and to seek the ways of God is to seek the God behind the ways, and by extension, Christ (John 14:6).  God is holy and thus his ways are holy, and if we wish to grow holy in our lifestyles, we must seek after the things of God—to hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6) with a passionate zeal.  This is what it means to live out ones faith and this is how we grow wise in living (Colossians 1:9-10). 

At the same time, Moses is interceding for his people.  His desire is that God bless them with his presence as they travel to the Promised Land.  Thus, this request can also be understood in terms of Moses’ desire to see the plan of God for his people as they leave the mountain and that he (Moses) would be able to lead the people faithfully in the eyes of God.  And, indeed, through walking faithfully, that one might find favor in the eyes of God.

Oh, how we should seek after the ways of God, beloved, and we should guard and cherish them in our lives.  This is why deliberate sin is so heinous for the believer in Jesus Christ—we know the ways of God—we have been shown them in scripture and the Holy Spirit testifies to these things in our lives—yet we rebel against what we know to be true and act upon our own sinful desires. 

How foolish we can be, that we allow the weakness of our flesh to veil the truth of God’s glorious way!  At the same time, loved ones, for those who repent—those who turn from their sin and return their eyes to God’s way—God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  Oh, the marvels of grace!  Oh, the joy of being undeservedly forgiven!  Beloved, taste of the goodness of God, that he would not only forgive you when you strayed from his ways but that he would set you back on the path that leads to his righteous throne—oh the wonders of the God we serve!

O may this strange, this matchless grace,

This god-like miracle of love,

Fill the whole earth with grateful praise,

And all the angelic choirs above,

And all the angelic choirs above,

Who is a pardoning God like thee?

Or who has grace so rich and free?

Or who has grace so rich and free?

-Samuel Davies

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