Summary: Moses ran FROM the Presence of God and later he ran TO the Presence of God. Are you hungry for experiencing the Presence of God in your life and ministry? Here is tremendous truth about the Presence of God that is life-changing.
HUNGERING FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Text: Exodus 33
Series: Greatest Chapters of the Bible
Dr. Larry Petton
Cross Pointe Community Church
A church had a special concert and the worship center was packed. The congregation had one of their greatest times of worship ever! Later that evening, a young mother from the church was putting her little boy to bed. He had enjoyed the concert so much and couldn’t stop talking about it.
The mother said the usual bedtime prayer with her boy, kissed him goodnight and was about to leave her son’s room, when he surprised her with a deep thought: "Mommy, I really had a good time at church tonight! I just wish Jesus could have been there!"
Church is a whole lot more fun when Jesus is there! Maybe we ought to invite Jesus to come to church with us this Sunday! The problem is…….He is not always wanted in every church.
LET GOD COME TO CHURCH, TOO!
Years ago in the Deep South, a Baptist church was struggling over whether or not to allow a black gentleman to join their church. He had been their janitor for years and decided he wanted to be part of the church family. A special vote of the congregation was called for as the church pondered the issue of integration. Finally, the vote was announced and the janitor lost his bid to be a member.
Later that evening, the old gentleman was sitting in his porch swing thinking about how he had been rejected by the church. He said, "Lord, I don’t understand them folks. I tried to join their church......but they voted me out." About that time, the Lord spoke from Heaven and said, "Don’t worry about it, my child. I have been trying to get into that church for years. They won’t let me in, either!!"
Is the Presence of the Holy Spirit welcome in our presence today? We know He is here….His angels are here.….His people are here……...His Word is here. But, is He welcome here? The Bible says a plethora of things about the Presence of God. It is one of the hottest topics in theological circles today.
QUOTES ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD
In William Hendrix's book, Exit Interviews, he asks why today's generation is leaving the church. He summarizes the views of many young church dropouts: "Perhaps the most common complaint was that worship services were boring. It was not just that these gatherings were not interesting. These young people said…..THEY WERE NOT WORSHIPFUL. They did little to help people to experience God."
That is exactly what A. W. Tozer meant when he wrote: "The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God, and the church is famishing for want of HIS PRESENCE.”
Vance Havner once said: 'Nothing is scarier today in churches than the ABSENCE of the PRESENCE of God'.
I think Moses is the most interesting case study in Scripture in reference to understanding the Presence of God.
• In Exodus 3, Moses is running FROM the Presence of the Lord.