Thursday 15th August 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- Exodus 34:1-35
Topic:- God Manifesting Himself To Moses 
Text:- Exodus 34:29
God’s abundant truthfulness formed one important feature in these developments. This was especially pertinent to the case and the wants of Moses. The thorough development of this feature formed the secret of his great faith ever after.
The whole subsequent history of Moses develops a most remarkable degree of confidence in God. The thousand trying emergencies through which he passed rendered it indispensable that he should have such confidence. Here in this signal interview with God the foundation was laid for it.
That will never justify the impenitent and self-righteous. God did not mean that he would not pardon the guilty sinner on his repentance. He only meant that he was not a corrupt judge who could be bribed to clear the guilty yet in his sins and impenitence.
Moses needed to know this, that while God was most gracious and merciful towards the contrite, he should most assuredly punish the guilty and hardened sinner. No rebel could ever escape in his impenitent.
Do you not think that when Moses came down from the mount, the people felt? The influence of Moses on them was not that of mere words. Have you never seen how the eyes of the hearer would stand out when one is speaking from the heart?
Even when the people heard Moses, they hung on his lips and stood tiptoe to catch his burning words and the glory of his unearthly countenance. If young men feel as Moses did. They will seek that presence, and never rest without it. God calls you to the ministry, how can you go into it without his presence until you have seen as Moses saw, his glory.
6. This whole history is most replete with instruction for us. If those arguments used were good in his mouth as reasons for God’s revealing himself to him, they are equally good for us. He pleaded God’s call of him and acceptance of him for a great work, and said, Lord, since thou hast called me, now make me fit for the labor.
Young man, go and do likewise. If God calls you to lead His Church up out of the wilderness, see to it that you insist before you set out that the Lord be with you and show you His glory. Nor is this truth applicable to young men destined for the ministry alone.
Every Christian is a Priest of God, and should in some sense preach the Gospel. Every man needs grace to fill the station to which God calls him. And every Christian should seek this grace even as Moses sought the grace he needed.
7. The disinterestedness of Moses is worthy of all commendation. He never once thought of lifting himself up. Do you suppose he was continually saying in his mind. How people in future generations will honor me and reverence my name! No, not thus he is all swallowed up in another and a very different great idea. How shall this nation honor God? How may I do something to magnify his dread, His glorious name?
If we ever expect or hope to be great men, in mercy, don’t let us aim at it. We shall pluck down ruin and disgrace on ourselves if we do; and as far as in us lies, on the cause of God also. I once knew a young man who had considerable trouble in getting license to preach. He was not thought to be very promising.
This difficulty seemed to set all his ambition on fire. Someone said to him. You never will by aiming at it. But he gave no heed to this warning, and set off on his career of attempted greatness. I don’t know where he is now. Gone I suppose, sunk from public observation into that obscurity which alone forms a fitting place for unholy ambition. So it must ever be. This is the law of Christ’s house.
How remarkable that Moses seemed never to care for himself or for his family. On one occasion some persons began to prophesy, and some of his friends seem to have been jealous for his honor. But Moses felt no jealousy of this sort. How noble! God could make Moses a great man without his making himself a great fool. Not so with some men, God cannot make them great without their making themselves fools.
8. All these features of the character of Moses should be distinctly studied. They are features of the character of Jesus Christ. Are you not in the habit of studying the character of those great men, such as Moses, Daniel, Job, Paul and John with the distinct design of drinking in their spirit and conforming your own to theirs? This is your true wisdom.
Prayer Point:- Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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