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Meeting God Face-To-Face

Exodus 33:22

When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I’ve met some famous people over the years – and I’ve felt honored to meet them. I personally met several ball players over the years. I’ll name a few – and some of our younger readers might not know some of them – Johnny Unitas – Jim Palmer – Boog Powell – Eddie Murray (I remember him standing in the rain to give me an autograph) – Brooks Robinson – Harmon Killebrew – Frank Howard – Raymond Berry – Frank Robinson – Wes Unseld – Earl Monroe – Paul Blair – Don Buford – Al Bumbry – Justin Tucker – Matt Stover – and others. I once refereed a basketball game at old Andover High School where the visiting team was made up of Oriole ball players and others. I remember giving a technical foul before the game began – to Al Bumbry – for dunking in warmups – yes – I was a sticker for the rules back in the day.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? Maybe – with how close we are to Washington – you have met some politicians – like Presidents or others. Maybe – some of my friends who work with FCA have met some current players. I know I attended a dinner recently and met Coach Harbaugh along with some players.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I have pictures of me with Andy Stanley and one with Francis Chan. I have personally met David Platt – Ravi Zacharias – Tony Evans – Rick Warren – Craig Groeschel – James Dobson – Josh McDowell – Max Lucado – Lee Strobel – Christine Caine – and others.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I have personally met artists like Michael W. Smith – Chris Tomlin – Amy Grant – Steven Curtis Chapman – Kari Jobe – Lecrae – and members of Hillsong – among others.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I can’t say I was put into an awe mode by all the persons I’ve mentioned here. But it was exciting to meet most of them. I either grew up cheering for them or cheer for them now or listening to their teachings or songs. Today’s passage reminds us about Moses’ encounter with God.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Exodus 33:12–23 – 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

I was excited to meet or see some of these persons up close and in person. But – being in the very presence of God is something that is more amazing than anything else. I don’t imagine I will see God face-to-face before I die and go to heaven – but I have felt His presence in my prayers – in times of worship – and in other times. The presence of God is so awesome – that God had to shield Moses’ face to that Moses couldn’t look straight into God’s face. Wow – that is amazing. Are we preparing for our face-to-face with God? Do we feel God’s presence in worship – in our prayer life – in our devotional life – in day-to-day life? I certainly hope we do!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

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