This week we continued to look at Moses’ encounters with God. We see as Moses spent time with God he changed. He became consumed with God’s glory and developed a heart of compassion for the people he was leading.
In Exodus 32, the Israelites sinned greatly, rejecting the one true God by building a golden calf and worshipping it. God was angry with them and threatened to destroy them. Moses stood for the people before God, declaring that they were still God’s people and reminding God of His promises. He also declared to God that God’s name and glory would be diminished in the sight of other nations if God destroyed the people. Moses asked God to forgive the Israelites’ sin. We saw in this passage how much God detests sin. In Exodus 33, Moses pleaded with God for His presence to be with the Israelites as they travelled . Moses knew how much he needed God. He asked God to show him His glory. As we spend time in God’s presence we should also desire to see God’s glory and to see Him revealed to the world as the mighty, loving and faithful God that He is.
Finally, we see an encounter where Moses lost sight of all that he had learned through being with God. In Numbers 20, Moses disobeys God by striking the rock instead of speaking to it. It didn’t seem like a big deal but to God it was. Moses had dishonoured God in the sight of the people. Moses was also angry with the Israelites, he had lost the heart of compassion toward them that had come from God. Although Moses had come to God he hadn’t opened his heart and let God work in him.
No matter what we are going through in life we need to make sure when we come to God we open ourselves to Him, we allow Him to work in our hearts and minds. It doesn’t matter if we have done this in the past, we need to continually be doing it, to be filled with His Spirit, over and over. Encounters with God change us as we allow God to work in us. We need to be people who seek to encounter God with all that we are.