Now Playing- Your Presence Is Heaven To Me by Israel Houghton.(I love Israel!)
I’m hoping there are other people who are as ……(let’s use the word DIFFERENT,lol) as me who get so excited about something God asks them to share; so much so that it’s really hard to sit your butt down to start typing. Lol. Because that would make it a bit easier to understand why I am the way I am.
If I’m by myself, I guess I’m the one and only for God. Lol. Took me a while but I finally managed to get this post started. This is an exciting post for me and my prayer is that we all learn as much from it as our Father wants us to.
In Exodus 33, God tells Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’…” And then He drops the bombshell that kills the buzz, “But im NOT going with you. I WILL send my angels to deal with all those people who try to get in your way, but I’m not coming along.” In verse 15, Moses tells God, in simple terms; ‘I’m really not going anywhere if You’re not coming along with me.’
I have been obsessed with this chapter for weeks now! I love how Moses could just go to God and reason with Him. The same chapter tells us, Moses and God used to talk ‘as one speaks to a friend.’ How amazing is that?!
In John 15:15, Jesus says ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’
The same privilege that Moses had, is ours too! See in those days, while Moses spoke with God, the rest would stand by their tents and worship.Only Moses could talk to God. So all this while when God refused to go with them, they were standing at their tents mourning, hoping that Moses can work his magic with God. It’s different with us now, because of Jesus. We don’t have to wait for our Pastor or Prophet to go and receive answers for us, or reason with God for us. They can help us, yes! but the privilege is not solely theirs. You and I can also go to God and talk to Him as a child to his father, but more beautifully, as one speaks to a friend. The privilege is ours for the taking if we so desire it.
I mean seriously, who wants to go to a land flowing with milk and honey, the promised land that was promised us a long time ago, if the One who promised us is so annoyed with us, he doesn’t want to even be with us. Where’s the fun in all that?
Could you imagine God finally giving you the beautiful marriage He’s promised you, or the beautiful career He’s promised you and then saying, ‘you’re in this alone now. Figure it out. I’ve sent the angels ahead of you and they have destroyed anything that would try to prove stubborn so you can take it off from here.’ Trust me, you would find Moses in the Bible, and right next to his name, you’ll find mine. (hahahaha). I’m not going anywhere without you, Lord. A lot of us, would walk away and cry and weep and just leave it at, ‘God is mad at me’. Probably try to be good kids to try and appease Him, forgetting that God is not fazed by those kind of efforts.
Remember the story of the canaanite woman in Mathew 15:21-28? The lady was not ready to let Jesus go until He delivered her daughter from the possession of demons. Now this woman is the real definition of a stalker! The word says Jesus was quiet about it. I personally believe that His silence was a test to see how far this woman would go. For a lot of us, even me, this is where we pull the ‘maybe-this-isn’t-what God-wants-for-me’ card. This lady didn’t even care that she was canaanite, she wasn’t going to let the man Jesus go until He did something.(In those times, the canaanites had absolutely no business mingling with the Israelites. They were in direct opposition)
The disciples told Him, ‘send her away, she keeps crying after us’. In other words,(I believe), do something to make her stop following us around. And then this man called Jesus says ‘I’m here for the lost sheep of Israel. It isn’t right that I would take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’ At this point, even though God hasn’t said an outright ‘No’, a lot of us would say, ‘if God really wanted to help, He would have’. We just give up and walk away. This canaanite woman, she dared to say ‘you know what? even dogs eat crumbs that fall from the master’s table. Give me the crumbs, I’ll take it.’. Now here’s Jesus, probably smiling by then, seemingly very impressed! He tells her, ‘woman, you have such great faith! your request has been granted.’ Her daughter’s healing took place that very hour!
And realize that this is a canaanite woman! Jesus clearly states that He came for the Israelites, of whose lineage we’re a part. So that ‘bread’ that Jesus was talking about, is ours! Sadly, the people He came for don’t even acknowledge the privilege they have. Instead of taking what belongs to us, it’s always something about ‘What ifs’. ‘What if God doesn’t want me to have it’, ‘what if God is trying to say no?’, ‘what if I’ve done too much wrong, I lost my chance?’. How about ‘WHAT IF GOD WANTS YOU TO PURSUE HIM TO SHOW THAT YOU REALLY WANT IT?’. How about, God is not ‘trying to do anything’. If He wants to say No, He will say an outright No.
I took a negotiation class for a whole semester and trust me, I, most probably, would’ve given up at level 2 and said, ‘when it comes to God, you can’t force Him’. Yes, you probably can’t compel God, but you can pursue Him! You can take His word back to Him. In Exodus 33, Moses tells God “If your Presence is not coming along, you might as well not send me.” He goes on to say in verse 16, ” How else will it be known that you’re with me in this, with me and your people? Are you traveling with us or not? How else will we know that we’re special, I and your people, among all other people on this planet Earth?”(vs 16 MSG translation). He keeps reminding God, (and quite clearly too!) that it’s YOUR people at the end of the day. The part that gets me excited is when Moses tells Him in verse 13, “Don’t forget, this is your people, your responsibility” (I really love Moses!no for real!)
If you go on reading, you realize that God gave in. I can visualize a scene with God saying, ‘okaaayy okaaayyy, you have what you asked for! I’ll come with!’ and Moses screaming ‘YES!!’ and doing the victory dance! (LOL) And I love how the Message translation puts it. He said, “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do, for I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name.” Mind you, this is the same God who had told them earlier, that the best I can do for you is to send my angels ahead of you to drive out anyone who wil prove to be a hindrance. But I’m not going with you because you guys are ‘such stubborn, stiff-necked, hard-headed people’ (vs 3, NIV and MSG translations). He said to them, ‘if I were to go with you even for a moment, I just might destroy you on the way’. And then we have Moses,the great negotiator!, who goes ahead to pursue and reason with God and force that everlasting love right out of Him and finally, He agrees! … in the sweetest way possible, of course! Moses got God confessing His undying love for these same people whose stubbornness He couldn’t stand a few seconds ago.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime(Psalm 30:5)
‘… The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.'(Deuteronomy 7:6)
You and I don’t have to speak for God. We need to learn to listen to Him,take note of His words in past times and take His word back to Him! God, He wants to know how much of Him we want and are willing to fight for. I know I want that spirit of Moses. I want the spirit of the Canaanite woman. I want to stalk God and reason with Him. I don’t want my ‘what ifs’ to keep me from the perfect will that my Father has destined for me.No! (I’m hot about this! LOL) So long as it’s God’s word, so long as He has spoken it concerning our lives, we need to learn to fight for it because sometimes He really only wants to know how ready we are. As Micah Stampley says in His song that I love so much! … desperate people do desperate things! And we need to learn to press in!
Be part of the relentless generation pursuing a relentless God!
Give Jesus a chance! 🙂
If you would just take some time off after reading this post, to talk to God, about your marriage, your ministry, your work, anything at all! Tell Him to burn out anything in you that makes you hard-headed, and stiff-necked and stubborn! Tell Him to always and forever send His angels ahead of you to break down every and anything that attempts to prove a hindrance. Tell Him how much you need Him every step along the way. Tell Him, tell Him how precious His presence is to you! Tell Him you’re not going anywhere if He’s not coming with. You are never ever too sinful for God’s love! You’re never ever too wrong for God to make right! Out of all the things on this earth, He chose YOU to lay aside His majesty and die for! and, well, until someone is able to beat that, you have the right to feel extremely important! He always wants to do something new and special and He doesn’t even care how much of a mess you and I think we are! That actually makes a bigger testimony for His glory!