I love this passage having read it many times before. But this morning I have been blessed with new mercies…new revelation…fresh manna for the day. I didn’t connect the fact that this beautiful exchange between God was a plea from Moses. God had just put him on notice that He was going to withdraw His presence from the Israelites due to their rebellion and stubbornness. When Moses said those 5 words, he was really saying, ‘Show up now! Please make yourself available to help me! I cannot do it alone!’ God answered in a beautiful description of what was getting ready to occur. God didn’t tell Moses how He was going to work. He promised Moses that He would hide him until God had pass. He promised to cover Moses in an effort to protect him from the event. Then after the fact Moses would be given spiritual sight to celebrate the fact that God had come…had intervened…had impacted the outcome. And, all the while, Moses was near to God.
‘Any growth during a trial is conditioned on our cooperating with what God is doing. And, often, the good that God is bringing to our lives can be seen only through the perspective of time. The purpose of this trial is for our transformation…Keep going! Good is coming! It will all be worth it! Don’t give up! Look to Jesus!’ When Life Is Hard, p 140.
And one fine day the clouds will part, we will look up ahead and see the back of Jesus!