Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ 13 If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.” 14 The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” 15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” 17 The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”
The word “significant” can be used to describe important or memorable events such as graduation day, a wedding day or the day a child was born, etc. However, it can also have a negative association to it like a significant loss or a significant change. Essentially it’s a word we use to describe something worthy of attention or importance. Most of us would probably say that we are in a significant season of our life right now. It has undoubtably been significant simply because of how different this season has been compared to what we were used to or what we were expecting. I think it is safe to say that you could definitely consider this season to be a highlight season.
I say highlight season because I believe that it is one that will stick out in-light-of the big picture of our lives. Just like in a book, we highlight the sections and sentences that stick out to us most. I know that for me, this is usually towards the end of a major section or in the beginning of a new section. The highlights that I make in the beginning of a section are usually a few short sentences foretelling of what to expect as I read on or an indicator of what to look for through the remainder of the section. The end highlights are usually a recap of what the section was about or a recap of what I just read. I highlight a few sentences so that I can remember what that section’s purpose was, or how it contributed to the book as a whole. It is important for us to make some mental/spiritual highlights of this current section of our life in order to answer some key questions:
How can I recap this year?
What was the purpose of this year?
What can I take away from the past seven to twelve months?
What has God been doing with this year that couldn’t have been done without those significant events?
How will this section contribute to our next section?
We are in a highlight season of our lives and as we make mental/spiritual highlights I believe that we can learn from the wisdom of Moses in the above passage found in Exodus. As you most likely already know, leading up to these verses Moses has lead the Israelite people on a deliverance journey all across Egypt and through the Middle East, listening to God and taking his instructions for their guidance. Moses had seen and experienced the presence of God throughout his journey and the entire book of Exodus in different forms (i.e. burning bush, pillar of fire, cloud of smoke), but it is here in chapter thirty-three that we really see his desire. “Then Moses said, [to God] ‘If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place’ “ (33:15).
It is no surprise that he is asking God to be with him as he leads Israel to their next destination. Moses wasn’t just looking for instruction on where to go next or what to do next, he was requesting that God personally go with him. Regardless of what you have highlighted (experienced) or what you will highlight (experience) in the future, learn from Moses. Let’s recognize God’s presence and follow him as he leads us into each new section of our lives.