Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. (Exodus 33:15)
Relate: He’s the rich man and she’s the girl from around the corner. Perhaps she’s the socialite daughter and while he is a lowly waiter. Somehow, impossibly, they come together to form the match made in heaven. Never was a couple so perfectly suited for each other. Then, of course, the complications arise and they go their separate ways. (Cue the music… “I Will Always Love You”) Now he is at the airport and she is sitting at home looking out the window. She’s driving down the highway while he is sitting at the beach sadly skipping rocks. The romantic flashbacks lead to a moment of decision. The last call is made but he doesn’t get on the plane. She looks up to see him coming into the driveway with a rose between his teeth. Another rock he didn’t throw skips across the water. He turns to see her smile as a beautiful sunset sets the romantic backdrop. They begin to dance. (Cue music… I’ve had the Time of My Life)
I’ve just given you the plot to every chic flick ever made. There’s the romance, the complication, the threatened leave, and the return. The Ten Commandments and God’s leading His people to freedom was the romance. Israel’s faithlessness, especially in choosing to worship Yahweh in their own way (the golden calf), is the complication. God tells Moses to go on up to the Promised Land. He’ll provide the way but God’s presence won’t go up with them. Moses’ response is the return. “If You don’t go with us, we’re not moving.” Then Moses sees God’s glory. Cue the credits, we have a blockbuster.
React: There is truth in a chic flick. The reason the trope works so well is that it exposes an eternal truth. God has provided a way for me to be with Him. But my dreams, my actions, my sin… it complicates things. Ultimately, if it is to be a happy ending, I must lay those things aside and come back to Him. What’s the point of accomplishing my dreams if He isn’t a part of them? Where’s the fun of having fun if it drives me from Him? You know what to call a heaven where God’s presence cannot be found? Hell.
So what are the true priorities in my life? What am I aiming for? What direction am I headed? Where’s my focus? Is it on Him? Is God my destination, my goal, and my priority? I can call Him the first with my words and my mind but does He really take that place in my heart and my actions? If not then it is time for me to root myself in this place and not leave until I can once again see His glory. Nothing else I might have to do today is worth going from this place without Him.
I am desperate for Your presence. I don’t want to go through the rest of my day, or my week, or my life if You are not a part of it. You are all that matters. Be with me as I learn to walk closer and closer to You.