Don’t Fear His Presence

And He said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” ~ Numbers 12:6-8

There’s no denying that the LORD loved Moses. God spoke to Moses face to face. He didn’t speak in riddles or parables, but clearly so that Moses could always understand. God’s love for Moses is special, which got me thinking, why? Why did the LORD love Moses so much? Abraham was loved because of his faith, but Moses didn’t really seem to have such a strong faith when he was called. David was a man after God’s own heart; Moses isn’t ever described in this way. Neither is Moses described like Job or Noah as being righteous. So, what was so special about Moses?

Moses sought God like very few people do. Moses was willing to enter into the unknown darkness that terrified everyone else there because he knew that’s where the presence of the LORD was (Exodus 20:21). When Moses saw the burning bush, God didn’t call to him until Moses stopped to investigate why the bush wasn’t being consumed (Exodus 3:2-4). When the people were afraid to even hear the voice of God again, Moses went up to the mountain of God and sought Him even more (Exodus 20:19).

There was never a time when Moses was satisfied with his relationship with God. He always wanted more. He always sought more. This is the way God desires us to be. God draws near to those who draw near to Him (James 4:8). God has done His part. He created you, called you, and died for you; it’s now your turn. It’s your turn to seek His face. It’s your turn to draw near to the darkness where God is. It’s your turn to go up to the mountain, regardless of how terrifying it may seem. There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:8).

Yes, our God is perfect. He’s Holy. There cannot be unrighteousness with God. No, we aren’t perfect. No, we aren’t fully holy or righteous, but that’s the beauty of the cross. In the time of Moses, there was no redemption or grace. Disobedience could lead to immediate death. Nevertheless, Moses, unsaved and without grace, entered the presence of Almighty God and sought His face without fear. Therefore, in a time of grace and repentance through the precious blood of Jesus, how can we do anything but seek the face of God?

God’s desire from the very beginning was to be amongst mankind. God came down to speak with Adam in the cool of the day. God walked and talked with Enoch. God was a friend of Abraham. God leaves all of Heaven to dwell on the New Earth with mankind in eternity. Why? Because God’s dwelling is with mankind (Revelation 21:3). It’s with us. He doesn’t want to be separated from us. He died so that we can be together always.

So, don’t fear the LORD to where you won’t enter His presence or seek His face. His desire is that all come to repentance and none perish (2 Peter 3:9). Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Seek His face, and you will find Him. Repent, and you will be saved. Trust Him, and He will perfect you in His perfect love.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Don’t Fear His Presence.

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