Desire to know God
Updated: May 8
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18)
Let me give you a summary of what is going on around this verse. So, when Moses went unto Mount Sinai where he stayed for many days and that is where he got the ten commandments tablets for the first time written by God and this is the incident where those two tablets got broken. Israel rebelled against God by worshiping a golden calf and because of that God told Moses that His presence will not go with them to the Promised Land. But Moses wasn’t ready to go without God’s presence.
Moses won a “yes” answer from God when he asked for the special presence of God to remain with Israel on the way to the Promised Land. He also won confirmation of the promise from God and an affirmation of a close relationship. Yet he was still not satisfied. He wanted more in his personal relationship with God.
We may have been Christians for many years, but have we really longed for a desire to know God? Oh, I know, we pray for several things like causes, church, meetings, our efforts. We all ask for personal blessings like I want that, I want this, and we say that this is the will of God for me to have that thing. But in reality, it was just our want or feelings. Now I’m not saying that to not to buy anything. All I’m saying is that we should stop saying that it is God’s will for me to have that thing when it is our own desire to have it.
How much do we desire to know more of God? This is what Moses asked for: Show me your glory.
God is too loving to force us into knowing Him. That is not how He does things.
C.S Lewis said, “There are two types of people. One, who says to God, “Thy will be done.” Second, to whom God says, “Thy will be done.”
We have to examine for ourselves in which category do we fall before it gets too late because time is coming when no men will able to work.
We cannot have the desire to know God unless we have a regenerated heart or a new heart. (ref. Jeremiah 24:7, Ezekiel 36:26)
The Hebrew word for glory or glory of The Lord in Hebrew is Kavod or Shekinah. Kavod is unseen glory. God showed His (kavod) glory to Moses on several occasions. But shekinah is the physical embodiment of God. Jesus is the shekinah of God in flesh.
We can only have that new heart in Jesus when we confess our sins and accept Him as Lord and savior. Only in Christ, we can have a new heart that desires to know God.
And apostle Paul in his letter to the church of Philippians said, “I want to know Christ…” (Philippians 3:10). Even though he had visions from Lord still he has this hunger to know more about God. And also as the apostle, Peter writes in his letter, “Grow in Grace…” (2 Peter 3:18) We cannot grow in grace which Peter talks about unless we have a desire to know God.
This all shows that we need to have a desire to know more about God and He will show His kavod to us.
There’s a whole ocean to cover which will not be possible in this world but scratching the surface will prepare us for the deeper dive which will happen in and with the presence of God alone.
Now to end this I’ll just tell you four points to know God better.
1. Repentance of sins and acceptance of Christ as Lord and savior
2. Read His word, which is, The Bible
3. Filling of Holy Spirit
4. Fellowship with other believers
We should all ask ourselves, “Are we desiring to know more about God?”