One of the most poignant stories, and my personal favorite in the Old Testament is the relationship between God and Moses.
So God told Moses, “I’ll give you what you need to go through this, and I will be with you.” That sounds like a good offer for Moses, at least. But Moses doesn’t settle for this. He said “No.” It was not good enough for Moses to get God, he wanted ALL the people to get God’s presence. In the next verse, verse 15, Moses said, “‘If You won’t go with US personally, don’t let us move a step from this place. If You don’t go with us, how will anyone ever know that Your people and I have found favor with You? How else will they know we are special and distinct from all other people on the earth?’ And the Lord said to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for you have found favor with Me, and you are My friend.”
Moses did this because he had a passion for God’s presence. It was all about Him. In other words, he was saying, “I am not going into the land if I don’t have You, because I can have all of the land, but if I don’t have You, I have nothing.” He was revealing his motive — his motive was God’s Presence. The motive isn’t the possession. The motive isn’t the blessing.
He would not be satisfied with anything less than God’s presence.
Moses probably didn’t have a clue what was ahead of him, and was probably caught up in his moment with God, but God knew what was in store for His Friend, and chose him to guide His people and through the desert. For 40 years God stayed with Moses and his people, God saw just how stubborn and unruly these people were, when they didn’t have water they cried out to Moses, “are we to die from thirst here in the desert”? When they were hungry, they cried out to Moses, “are we to starve in this parched land”? So God sent Manna each morning, “Bread from the kitchen of Heaven,” they grew tired of eating manna, and cried out for meat, so God gave them quail, “waist-high.” Honestly, when I first read about the quail, I laughed, to me it was like God said, “OK, you want meat, I’ll give you meat, so much meat it will measure to your belt.
Of all the Bible’s great prophets Moses had it the hardest, however, Moses was not without fault either, on many occasions he lost his patience and temper. Moses takes the two tablets of stone that God had just given him and throws them down at the foot of the mountain breaking both tablets into pieces! God knew firsthand Moses’ shortcomings, but also knew that Moses had leadership ability, but imagine being the leader of a million plus people crying each day, never happy with what God gave them each day and still they weren’t content with it.
You are my friend!
God told Moses “You are My Friend.” This is the only account that I can find in all the Bible where God makes this statement. True friends love each other, take the good with the bad. Friends, especially true friends have a daily walk with each other, we as believers in God and Christ can have that same and very intimate walk.
The Lord Jesus Christ extended this “Rest” even further when He said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
Like Moses with his daily relationship with God, Christians must walk everyday with Christ. When we go to work, we are Christian, when we go to the store or attend school, we are Christian. Jesus called us to be the salt and light of the world, Matthew 5:13. God and Christ know first hand just how hard life can be, the world each day falls farther and farther into wickedness. God told David in Psalm 50:14-15, “What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory.”
Many times David cried out to God asking to be rescued, at times of great distress David felt alone, and felt abandoned by God, but that wasn’t the case at all, remember that David was a murderer, ordering Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to the front lines of battle and an adulterer, David did this despicable act because of lust, which is a sin, he fell in love with Uriah’s wife, yet, God still declared that “David was a man after His own heart.” Today, many Christians feel exactly like David, but Jesus said “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age,” Matthew 28:20.
Attitude is everything in life, how we view issues, work, family, times of grief, and joy. Attitude reflects our current state of mind and our only outlet is by how we act or react to life, at work for example, if your co-workers know you are a Christian, and your reactions are harsh, lashing out at others etc, your non-believing co-workers will pickup instantly and judge Christianity by your attitude, a bad attitude by any Christian hurts the credibility of Christianity and your attempt to tell others about Christ, your friends, neighbors and co-workers cannot be drawn to the truth if our actions and reactions repel them, when we get the chance to talk to them about Christ, their first thought will be your actions.
Before your feet hit the ground each day take a few moments and ask The Lord to go before you, like Moses did.
If we do this daily The Lord will reward your faith and open up your day and show you how the world looks through His eyes so that our actions and reactions will reflect Christ to many. Discipline takes work and diligence on our part, when The Lords sees that we are willing to take up His yoke he will do exactly as He told David, “What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory.”