Moses ranks right up there with the greats in the religious “Hall of Fame!”
He had a lot of experiences though that I don’t envy. He saw firsthand the ugliness of treacherous arrogance and heart-wrenching slavery. He had to deal with a steady stream of malcontents and even periodic riots. His trials were really too numerous to count but perhaps the hardest to take was the sting of disapproval and even rejection in his personal life. I want none of that.
However Moses experienced something I do want — very much. I want Jesus to let me see His glory.
For Moses it happened when He was alone with God. It happened after Moses asked. It happened on God’s terms — for Moses’ sake.¹
Moses’ opportunity was rare in one way but in another way it’s always available, I think. Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20, NIV
Since Jesus says He’s waiting for the chance to be alone with anyone who opens the door for that, will He not show them as much of His glory as they want to see, take time to see, and can bear to see in that moment of their life?
How powerfully can His glory — His abounding goodness — pass before someone who contemplates His interactions with Moses or Hagar or Mary Magdalene? Can becoming an eyewitness to His glory through His word sharpen our vision for recognizing His goodness in our daily routine? Can contemplation of His unmatchable works — like baby feet — make our faces shine in everyday life? Does taking time alone with Him decidedly enlarge our capacity for deeper revelations of His glory and greater usefulness? ²
That day, alone with Jesus as a personal friend, even Moses couldn’t bear to literally see His face. This makes me wonder what could possibly prepare any of us, much less a whole bunch of us, for that breathtaking moment when every eye sees Him return in all His glory?
What ripens the wheat for the sickle? What makes the bride ready for her wedding? How do those of us watching for Jesus to physically reappear turn the corner from unready to ready? ³
These are some of the questions it’s time to take seriously. I truly want to be ready to see Him in the fullness of His glory — and live face to face with Him forever! I know I’m not the only one! I want to link arms with all who share this heartfelt quest!
¹ Exodus 33:11, 18-23; 34:1-8
² John 1:14; 3:3; 1 Corinthians 2:11-16
³ Revelation 1:7; 14:14-16; 19:7; Ephesians 5:27