Midweek Wake-Up, August 8th, 2018
This past Sunday we explored Moses pleading with God that His presence would not leave them. After the golden calf debacle, we find God still promising to send Moses and the Israelites to the Promised Land, but He declared that He’s not going with them. And we find Moses pleading with God, that He’ll go with them. If the Promised Land does not come with God Himself, Moses wants no part of it.
This does bring us today, to an important question, doesn’t it? The question we explored on Sunday. That question being, “what is the greatest gift you receive when you become a Christian”? Moses appears to be telling us in Exodus 33, that the answer is God Himself. You can give me mercy, forgiveness, peace, a new job, the promised land, and many other blessings. You name it says Moses, I don’t want it if it comes without the presence of God. To put it another way, God is the gospel.
The Psalmist appears to agree when he writes in Psalm 73:25: whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
So all of this brings us back to the question, is God enough for us? Could you pray like Moses, that you don’t want heaven if it doesn’t contain God?
This morning NSC, as you grab your morning coffee, I urge you to dwell on these questions and the wonder of them. Do I believe that the greatest gift I receive upon becoming a believer is God Himself? And would I be happy with heaven, if it didn’t contain God Himself? As you do that, may you behold again the wonder of the reality that God is the gospel!