Here is another choice we must make as we travel through life. Click here to read about the first choice we all need to make
- Choose God over His goodness/glory. Choose to make God the object of your affections.
As we travel through life we will be faced with a choice between the goodness of God and God Himself.
In Exodus 33 we have a scenario where Moses has a huge choice to make. A choice that all of us will have to make several times in our life. A choice between the goodness of God and God!
God tells Moses in Exodus 33:1-3 that He will send His angel along with Moses to the promised land. Moses is right on the cusp of having all of the promises of God manifest in his life…imagine being in the place where everything you’ve believed for is being supplied by God in a moment! Imagine being in a place where everything you’ve fasted and prayed for, everything you’ve cried before God is about to be manifested! Moses was about to get it all! All but the presence of God… and He says I don’t want any of that but you!
You see, in every human being, there is a desperate desire for the goodness of God, or the glory of God, because we were built to live by God’s goodness. So there is a strong possibility that we begin to make the glory the object of our pursuit!
In John 7 Jesus says is anyone thirsty, here is what you need to do…come to me…and then drink! When you are thirsty, it is possible to make water the object of your pursuit! His invitation was an invitation to Himself!
If we are going to end up in “destination Glory” as God has originally planned for us, HE NEEDS TO BE THE OBJECT OF OUR PURSUIT!
It’s time to go after God! Moses says if I have found favour in your sight, let your presence go with me. The presence of things does not always equal evidence of the presence of God. MOses understood this and rejected everything that God was about to give him, because He understood that the favour of God in the life of a person is not about what they have, it about who they have with them!
Exodus 33:15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16“For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”
Genesis 39:1-3 – Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.
It is the presence of God with you that prospers you. It is the presence of God with you that will prosper you! If you have a choice between God and His glory, Choose GOD! If you have a choice between money and God, choose God! Friends and God, Choose God
When you make God the subject and object of your affection, the glory…the manifested goodness of God will follow. To do anything but that will leave you short changed.
The thing that sets us apart from the world is the person! Emmanuel. God with you!