Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 5: Desiring to Know God Better : Friday, Aug. 20, 2004
August 20 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 5: Desiring to Know God Better : Friday, Aug. 20, 2004
Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 5: Desiring to Know God Better

By Phyllis Elvington
Focal Passage: Exodus 33:7-23

What is your heart's desire? What do you really want most in this world? Do you remember what you are supposed to do when you blow out the candles on your birthday cake? You are to close your eyes and make a wish. Let's pretend for just a minute that it is your birthday and the cake is right in front of you. Go ahead. Close you eyes and make a wish. If you were guaranteed that whatever wish you made would be granted - what would you really wish for? What do you truly desire most?

The Bible tells us about many different kinds of desires.

Psalm 20:4 refers to personal blessing: "May He grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your plans!"

Romans 10:1 tells about wanting others to be saved: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved."

Galatians 5:16 cautions us about desires that are contrary to God's will: "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature."

But Psalm 42:1 best captures the desire referred to by our lesson's title - the longing to know God better: "As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God."

God's awesome presence

Exodus 33:7-11

Moses was granted a privilege that other children of Israel were not given - being able to talk with God one-on-one. While the others waited outside, Moses would go into the Tent of Meeting and God would speak to him. "The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend" (v.11).

Because of Jesus, we too, have been granted the privilege of experiencing God's awesome presence. Because of Jesus, we no longer have to stand outside and watch - we can "with confidence, draw near to the throne of grace..." (Heb. 4:16a).

Today, our Tent of Meeting with God is our prayer closet. God tells us in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known."

We have an open invitation to experience God's awesome presence any time of the day or night. How often do you take advantage of this priceless privilege?

A special request

Exodus 33:12-16

Moses asked a special request of God. "If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so that I may know You" (v.13a).

How often do you pray that prayer? How well do you know God and His ways? How often do you pray? How much time do you spend in Bible study and prayer in order to know God better?

When you love someone, you want to be near them. You desire time alone with them in order to know them better and to be in close relationship with them. God promises us in Jeremiah 29:13-14: "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord ..."

A glimpse of God's glory

Exodus 33:17-23

This passage gives me chill bumps every time I read it. God made three unbelievably powerful statements to Moses: "I will do the very thing you have asked; I am pleased with you; and I know you by name" (v.17).

I first thought, does it get any better than that? And then I read the rest of the chapter. After hearing God say those things, Moses actually got to see a glimpse of God's glory.

This page does not have enough space for me to describe the glory of God that will one day be revealed to us. Read 1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 John 3:2 and Revelation 21 and shout "Hallelujah. Praise the Lord!"

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