Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:7-9
I have a question for you that I have had to ask myself as of late, and that question is, “Is the glory of God in your life a place of familiarity or a place of intimacy with Christ?” We must be willing to ask the hard questions and to answer them in Spirit and in truth.
The thought of familiarity hit me one morning while spending time with the Lord in the chapel. My mind directed me to Numbers 20:2-13, and I saw something I had not noticed until now. A simple statement was about to make all the difference in my understanding of how familiarity with His glory comes at a cost that is not meant to be paid. God desires intimacy over familiarity.
The people of Israel found themselves murmuring and complaining once again in the wilderness, because they had no water for themselves and their cattle. After quarrelling with the people over this matter, we are told that Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting. They fell on their faces, and the Word says, “And the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water.” (Numbers 20:7-9)
We know that after this, Moses took his staff, gathered the congregation before the rock, and instead of doing as he was instructed by the Lord, he struck the rock. I find it interesting that water came from the rock despite Moses’ disobedience. God was not honouring disobedience, but He was honouring His own holiness. As I read this account, a simple statement hit me with a sobering truth. Moses received the instruction of the Lord in the glory of the Lord, and yet he disobeyed. This man whom the Lord knew face to face had come out of the glory of the Lord with divine instruction, and he disobeyed.
Hos 2:14bc.15cd-16.19-20; Ps 145:2-3.4-5.6-7.8-9(R.8a); Accl 2Tim 1:10; Gosp Mt 9:18-26 WEEKDAY St. Augustine ZhoaRong, P. and Companions, Mm. (Opt Mem)
- Lord Jesus, what do I want for the rest of my days? I cannot say it any better than Paul. Lord, I want to know You better and better and better—more intimately than ever (Phil. 3:10-11). This is the one thing I want, more than anything else, because it affects everything else. Renew and refresh, deepen and expand, stretch and broaden my relationship with You, O Lord.
Exercise: Join the (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME:1.00 am to 2.00am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
- Tonight, we are joining in prayer for all the homeless, beggars, widows and orphans all over the world, that God will lift them out of their present predicaments into His divine plan for them.
- Pray God to deliver you from the spirit of indebtedness and all who are indebted to you.
Meditation: Psalms 27:4-5