BEING REAL FOR GOD
Sermon shared by Bruce Ball
Summary: A message about what it takes to reall experience God in our lives. EXODUS 33. Text, audio, & communion meditation at www.sermonlist.com
Audience: General adults
“Moses said to the LORD, "You have been telling me, `Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, `I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
God created us to have a personal relationship with Him. God literally walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. He came down from heaven and walked with them every evening. Can you imagine the closeness they felt with Him, or passing the hours away in personal conversation with Him? How awesome would that be?
They experienced the closest of relationships with Him. We have to get serious and realize something that is the most important news you will ever hear: God is yearning to have that kind of relationship with you, too, if you will only let Him. He wants it so badly that He even sent His Son to be the blood sacrifice to offer us a way back to Him.
Speaking of Adam and Eve, I have heard it said that they had the perfect marriage. Adam didn’t have to listen to her talk about all the men she could have married, and she didn’t have to hear about how good his mother cooked.
In this passage, Moses reminds God of His promises. Now, it isn’t like God forgets what He says, so why did Moses do that? Moses did that because he had a sense of genuine concern. There was no longer a sense of the Divine within the nation of Israel because God had removed His presence from them.
How many times have we felt that way about our lives? We might feel like we are in the middle of our own wilderness and God is nowhere around us, but we don’t tell anyone and just try to ignore it, don’t we?
That even applies to our church at times. How many times do we come into the sanctuary and do not feel the absolute presence of God? We feel that way in our lives and in our church when we are not “experiencing” God on a one-to-one basis. What causes us to feel that way?
We feel that way because we are not purposely trying to seek more of God. We are creatures of habit and we settle for whatever we have without trying to get something better. The problem with that is when we do that, we aren’t growing in Him.
When Moses sought God, he did so through passionate prayer. He sought God by going to his knees. One of the biggest problems in the church today is that people want a deep relationship with God but don’t want to pay the price necessary to get that relationship. We want everything handed to us.
But developing an intimate relationship with God takes time and effort. It doesn’t happen overnight. I want you to notice what Moses says to God in verse 13. He wants three things from God if God finds his life pleasing.
He wants God to teach him God’s ways. Moses knew that you can only follow God to where He wants you to go if you know what God wants. And He is asking God to teach him what God wants.
Secondly, Moses is asking God to let him know God. There is
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