Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 31

The Lord’s Glory

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Today's Text: Exodus 33:1-23, Genesis 3:8-10, Numbers 6:22-26

Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:1-23, Genesis 3:8-10, Numbers 6:22-26

What is your Promised Land? We all have one deep inside us. The roadmap of our hearts leads us there, to the place where our treasure is found—the place where our hope, wonder, and worship reside.

God had promised to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and bring them to a new home, a land of freedom and abundance. But His bigger promise was this: He would bring them back into relationship with Him, back into His presence. He would dwell among the Israelites and be their God (Exodus 29:45-46).

But God’s people put all of that in jeopardy by building the golden calf and inciting God’s anger with their idol worship. They were set to experience separation from Him again. Yes, He would still bring them into the Promised Land, but He would not accompany them there (Exodus 33:1-3).

Because of their sin, Israel could not be in God’s presence—but Moses could. The Lord spoke to Moses “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (v.11). And so on behalf of the Israelites, Moses pleaded with God to reconsider:  

“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 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?” (vv. 15-16).

Moses knew what was really at stake for the Israelites: the true Promised Land, God Himself. Moses knew that God was not merely a means to an end, not just the path to blessing. God is the blessing. God’s presence was the very identity of His people. If He wasn’t in the new land, then there was no point in going. Without Him, there would be no real blessing, no peace, no rest.

So what does your Promised Land look like?

Mine looks like a land of abundant provision, free from shame and fear, melancholy, sickness, and loneliness. But Scripture tells me all of these needs and more are met now, in Jesus, though He is far more than a means to an end. He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end—and everything in between (Revelation 22:13).

He doesn’t just provide. He is our provision (Genesis 22:14).
He doesn’t just make us righteous. He is our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6).
He doesn’t just give us a peace. He is our peace (Judges 6:24; Hebrews 13:20).
He doesn’t just heal us. He is our healing (Exodus 15:26).

And if we know Jesus, we are never truly alone. He is always with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). His promise to each of us is this: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).

It’s in His attributes that God reveals more of Himself to us—more of His character, His nature, and His heart. Like Moses, we can boldly ask to know more of God, to see more of His glory. This is why God delivered the Israelites, and it’s why He sent His Son to deliver us. God came near so we could truly know Him and never be separated from His presence again.

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Kara Gause is an editor for She Reads Truth happily residing in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s married to one swell fella and mother to a set of delightfully spirited twin girls. Sunsets and snow cones are near and dear to her heart, as is anything or anyone who reminds her of God’s goodness.

  • This passage makes you think even deeper about what it will be like to be in heaven and finally see God and Jesus. We couldn’t even handle it or we’d die in our human state. I saw the movie “I Can Only Imagine” this weekend and highly recommend. Seriously though we can only imagine what that will be like and even imagining too much for us as humans.

  • Kelly Alvey

    We are struggling financially. Please pray for my family. I believe that the Lord gifted our house to us a year ago, and then right afterwards, I lost my job. God, you are my provision. You will provide. You are my Promised Land. Nothing else in life- no amount of money, no house, no security- is worth it if You do not go with me. I pray, like Moses, that if you have found favor with us, if you know my name, that you will go ahead of us

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re praying for you and your family during this time Kelly. We’re so grateful that you’re a part of our community. -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Martha Echandy

      May the Lord provide, sustain, and draw you nearer during this time. For He is your provision and you will see His glory too. Praying for you and your family.

    • Grace

      Praying for you and your family! God WILL provide! Praise Jesus!

  • Pamela Strommen

    The truth is that in our humanness we have limits. We can’t handle looking directly into the face of God… our sin would get the best of us. I would either die in shame or I would try to be like God. But, in his graciousness, he encourages me to look at him as he passes by so that I can follow him and trust him and love him. Wait! This was before he sent his son! Now that I am his heir, I can take the veil off and soak in his glory. Jesus is the way! Look at him!

  • Pamela Strommen

    Brilliant

  • Sarah Kelnhofer

    This is such a helpful reminder! The day-to-day challenges and desires of my life tend to dull my comprehension that the REAL promised land isn’t a clean sink, well-behaved children, or a perfect marriage. it is God’s presence, a relationship with Him thar defines and provides purpose for my existence. Help me God to treasure this above all else!!!!

  • It is so comforting to know that God IS our provision, our righteousness, our peace, and our healing. Thank you Jesus!

  • Sherree Hunsberger

    Today, I needed to just “REST IN HIM”. What a beautiful lesson. I can feel God’s love through your words in this devotion.

  • nursedodie

    Today’s posts and study were very meaningful to me. Friday the administrators of where I was working terminated my contract due to something that I forgot to chart, If any of you remember I had asked in a previous post to pray whether I should stay for another contract, I guess this is God’s way of answering my prayers.

    • Kari

      Thank you for the update! So many prayers for you in what I am sure is a difficult time. Praying for God’s comfort and guidance as you move forward.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for the update, we’re continuing to pray for you! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    This made me cry…as I am in some real spiritual battle. I am secure in my salvation, but I know that Satan continues to flaunt these idols before me as a means of making my own Promised Land, but without God’s presence and peace, it is meaningless. Yet, I am still tempted. I need the rescue of grace desperately over these next few days. Christ needs to be all I cling to.

  • I came across this blog post today from Sharon Hodde Miller, who is a regular contributor to She Reads Truth. I thought it tied in so well with today’s devotional, so if you have a minute to spare, I would highly recommend reading it!

    https://sheworships.com/what-is-your-promised-land/

    • Karen

      Thank you Kristi, I read the blog you attached and it was really good and complimentary to today’s study!

  • I am so enjoying this study! Thank you!

  • Peony Noirr

    So grateful for this lesson.

  • I love this community and reading all of these prayers. They echo the prayers in my heart. A heartfelt thank you! God bless each of you!

  • “It’s in His attributes that God reveals more of Himself to us—more of His character, His nature, and His heart. Like Moses, we can boldly ask to know more of God, to see more of His glory. This is why God delivered the Israelites, and it’s why He sent His Son to deliver us. God came near so we could truly know Him and never be separated from His presence again.”-Kara Gause These words so ministered to my heart. Thank you Jesus for always being there for us. Thank you Kara for today’s message. Blessings ~

  • Wendy McSwain

    Praise the Lord!

  • I’m so thankful to know that God’s presence will be with me in any circumstance I face. But He didn’t stop there….. He will personally give me rest in ANY situation or circumstance that I find myself in! Thanks you for this today!

  • “My presence will go with you, I will give you rest”. Exodus 33:14. God is good! I needed to hear that today. Please pray as I need to talk to my son about some matters in the presence of his pastor. As most of you here know I am separated from my husband and i’m the one that’s raising the kids right now. Please pray that my son will be receptive and that he would understand the boundaries I’m placing before him. He’s a great kid but I also know he’s a teenager and he will make mistakes just like I did. I want him to understand that my job is to keep him safe and his job is to keep it that way. At least to the best of our ability

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Mari, thanks for sharing. We’re praying for you and your son during this time. -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Casey McKinney

    This is so good.

  • God is the blessing. God is the peace. God is our healing. There is no Promise Land without God there. God, I pray that I fight for you to be central in my life as Moses boldly asked for you to go with them to the Promise Land.

  • Beautiful study today! This chapter in Exodus is so full!

  • Sarah Marshall

    So grateful that I can go to God anytime with anything—-that I don’t have to be separated from Him. He leads me and I follow.

  • Erica Cosgrove

    I’ve been pretty quiet online this study, but I loved this today. God is reminding me that when we ask for more of Him He will never withhold, and even when I can’t seem to grasp or hear his guidance, He is always near! I would appreciate prayers as I look to my future, I graduated college in December and am praying about what God would have my next step be: take a job offer or return to school (which until about a week ago I was adamantly against)

    • Deborah Craytor

      I’m praying for you today and feel called to share something I recently learned in Priscilla Shirer’s study on discerning the voice of God. Relying on Philippians 2:13 and 3:15, she says, “The burden of responsibility for the desire and for the energy to engage in His will – it’s His, not yours. Furthermore, if you step away from what God desires for you in any way, He will quicken your heart and let you know. . . . Desiring and doing His will is not your responsibility to discover; it is His responsibility to reveal.”

      It struck me that you were previously adamant about not returning to school; as Priscilla says, “He will often stir your heart, redirecting your feelings and desires in a certain way. When you sense an about-face in your interests, perhaps one that is even surprising to you, tune in.” So if you aren’t sure what God’s will is for your next step, stand still and listen; He will answer.

    • Natasha Reyes

      Thank you for sharing, Erica. I’m praying for you! Deborah, your response has touched my heart today. I too am at a crossroads, and you have made me realize sometimes important.

  • Gina Glennon

    Thinking of the hymn…”What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.

  • Maria Baer

    wonderful devotion today. But what I love the most is that no matter how many times I read Scripture I always find something new— I just realized that I never read this verse from Exodus until today: 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses.

  • Heather Shores

    Wow. I had no idea that the so often repeated blessing we say to one another was found in numbers. Numbers! The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace.

  • Heather Shores

    Thank you to Emily Mary and JoAnn Your encouraging words and sound advice to little that help so much.

  • Praying for open and receptive hearts today as your husband speaks.

  • Chrsty Dupeé

    Our family needs your prayers today. My husband’s aunt, who was a believer, passed away last Friday. My husband will speak at the funeral today. Most of her family has not accepted the treasure and promised land that is found in Christ, and we are burdened for them. Would you please take a moment and pray that the good news of the gospel will touch their saddened hearts today? God’s love will be talked about and lived out in front of them today. We know that it is more powerful than any force on earth. Pray that they see and hear and will believe. Thank you!

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for Jesus to speak through your husband and that those present will hear the Truth and accept Him for Who He is. Praying comfort and courage for you and your family.

    • Hilary

      Just prayed that their hearts would be open to hear what God has to say through your husband!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so sorry to hear this. We’re praying for you and your family today! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Yesterday was a bad day for me. I was in a rotten mood all day and in truth was having a pity party. I was wallowing in the thoughts about how I was eating too much, hadn’t exercised b/c I was ‘too busy’, and hadn’t done the thing that I knew I had to get done. Late in the day, I’m sad to say, I stopped to think about why I was in such a miserable state. I realized, or more likely God revealed to me, that I had taken my focus off of Him. Like Peter walking on the water, I had stopped looking at Him and was sinking. I immediately repented and asked God to forgive me. The transformation was immediate and complete.

    All this to say, my promised land is where I have my focus on Jesus and not upon myself. That is my happy place where I’m content. It is where I’m loved and accepted as I am. When I am not focused on Him I feel like the Israelites cowering in their tents, afraid of God and their own sinfulness. It is scary when I wander out of God’s presence and I don’t like it there.

    Today I have my eyes fixed firmly on the One who is my peace, rest and love.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus!

    • Nita

      Amen!

    • Kathy

      THIS. EXACTLY!!! Amen and amen!

    • Elle

      This is just what I needed to hear! I keep having this thing where everything moves along smoothly and in the direction I think I am supposed to be going, but when I stop and look and overthink everything then I start to panic. I need to not stop and look at the water, but keep moving with my eyes on Christ.

    • Wesley Burleson

      Bessie,
      Thank you so much for sharing. I needed to hear this so much.

    • Heidi V

      Oh yes. I understand this. Praying we all walk in the Promised Land today.

  • This was so needed today as the deep waters have been coming up around my neck. It is difficult when the ones closest to us, cause us the most pain but I am trying to trust in His unfailing love for me. Thank you Father God, that you are my everything and in you I find my peace and rest, no matter my circumstance.

    • truthseeker

      I can truly relate to your situation as to the ones closest to us cause us the most pain. Yes, deep waters, agonizing over the relationship which was intended to bring peace and harmony and joy has instead resulted in mental and emotional anguish. And yet God says “Stay.” He reveals to me that what I am suffering at the hands of the one who was intended to protect is what I inflicted upon Christ through my sins which resulted in His suffering and death. Forgive me Lord. Your love, mercy and grace are sufficient for me. It is not about me, it is all about You. I must decrease that You may increase in my life.

  • Churchmouse

    Yes, I want to be in lock step with my Lord. When He stops, I stop. When He moves, I move. When I am close beside Him, I hear His word so plainly. If I try to race ahead or lag behind, I miss out on sweet conversations. I miss out on hearing His wisdom and guidance. I lose out by my own foolishness. The destination is assured but the journey can be difficult – unless I stay close to my friend Jesus. He is my protector and my provider. He is the Way. There is no other. Praying today that I would hold firmly to His hand. He won’t let go.

  • Jessica McCreary

    God is ALWAYS with me! This is a powerful message!! ❤️

  • Stephanie Platt

    Amen. Thank you lord God that I am never alone. Thank you for your rest and peace and strength. You are my treasure.

  • Eileen Wilder

    Forgive me Lord for forgetting at times that you are not a means to an end. You are the end – the ultimate peace, joy, and blessing. Please open the eyes of my heart more and more to see You in the details of each day and to be aware of your faithful presence. Thank you Lord.

  • Kathy Valentine

    Thinking a lot about how we are “hidden in Christ” like Moses was covered in the cleft of the rock, protected from God’s pure glory that would have killed him due to his sin. Just like we can’t survive the deep sea without an oxygen tank, or walk the moon without a space suit, Jesus makes a way for us to be in God’s holy presence. He makes a way for God to be among us. We don’t have to hide in fear and shame from Him. Thank You, Jesus.

  • Verse15 has always resonated with me. “If your presence does not go don’t make us go up from here.” I want this kind of relationship with God. I want to love Him so much that I would rather stay in the wilderness than go to my Promised Land.

  • God is Gracious

    Verse 13 is my heart’s prayer – “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight….”
    There are so many voices telling me what to believe. telling me who God is and what He wants from me. I get so confused and overwhelmed. I wish I had a filter that could sort out the truth from among the false. And yet….don’t I? Is that not a function of the Holy Spirit? Why then is it so difficult for me to discern God’s way? I want so desperately to know God and His way.

    • Kristen

      Yes, the Holy Spirit can do this. Keep pursuing Him, because He pursues us! The more we read His Word, the more we learn about Him. A pastor had questions or doubts and talked to the elder pastor. He said, “Won’t the God of all the earth do right?” That settles it. He decided to just believe God’s Word and remember that He is always good. Please get the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 Ministries. We are studying Hosea and other prophets to come in the series. It talks about how we are prone to wonder, but He, in His love, grace, and compassion pursues us. https://youtu.be/Sc6SSHuZvQE This song is awesome! It is called Reckless love. Please listen to it, and you will be blessed by it. Please God let her and all of us hear your voice! Please drown out the other voices and know Your heart and truth. Thank You for Your Word. Please guide us to do Your will and order our footsteps. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

      • Kristen

        Oh I just also read some great devotionals on Proverbs 31 main site. I st click daily devotionals. You may enjoy yesterday’s and Monday’s.

    • Sarah

      I am not a person who says “God told me this” routinely, but one season a few years ago when I was really struggling with those kinds of voices–ones that induced anxiety and fear, God gave me these words: “Let MY voice be the one that triumphs.” I was instantly calmed, and I cling to those words now whenever I feel myself getting overwhelmed by a barrage of inner thoughts. Which thought comes from God? Certainly not the voices that bring confusion and anxiety. The voice of God tells me to be strong and courageous, to trust and obey, to take comfort in the shadow of his wings.

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