This is something I wrote back in 2012. I was thinking about this very story, the other day. How many times do I long for God to reveal Himself to me? Do you? If so, maybe this post is exactly what you need to read today.
Let Me See You!
Aren’t you here, right now? And can’t I see You, as You move in the every day? Are You not still the powerful Elohim? I look at Genesis and am still in awe of it….right from the beginning.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NIV
You created… out of nothing. No one else can do that. No one, but You. How mighty are the works of Your hands!
You are God, that created all things and called them good. You are the same God that creates all good things in my life.
On days when my eyes only see the gray of You, the dim image, only the shadowed essence of Your glory…
Father, place me in the cleft of the rock and open my eyes to You!
This life is difficult, full of pain, and all the not-good-enoughs.
Life on many days is ripped wide open. Gaping.
Let me see You!
On some days my prayer is just like this one that I wrote.
To the point.
“Let me see You!”
My prayer comes from the book of Exodus, chapter 33. Moses and God are having a conversation…and Moses tells God he wants to see His glory. God tells him okay, but He didn’t allow Moses to see His face, “for no one may see Me and live.” So God put Moses in the cleft (a crevice or crack) in the side of the mountain and covered Moses with His hand while He passed by. Moses was only allowed to see God’s back as He went by.
Moses was gutsy, wasn’t he? That was a big request… and yet, God said “yes” to his request.
This is one of my favorite stories of the Bible and, quite frankly, it is not one of the more common Bible stories… the ones that most people know. I like to think about Moses. He is told by God that He will lead the people of Israel. It is a big job. Moses goes back and forth with God about whether or not people will know that God is with them. He reminds God that, “this nation is Your people.” God agrees and says that His presence will be with them. Which leads up to Moses’ question about seeing God…and God telling Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Can you imagine how Moses must have felt? In awe? Honored? Excited? Nervous? Terrified? No one can see God’s face and live. His glory is too much for an individual to fully comprehend. I, of course, wasn’t there and don’t know for sure, but my theory is that seeing God face to face would be so intense that a mere human body could not physically survive it.
Who He is.
And still, are you like me? Do you want to see His glory? To know that His presence is with you?
God delights to reveal Himself.