You Have Been Telling Me

In Exodus 33:12 Moses is having a dialogue with God and he says, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know who you will send with me.” That is so like how God reveals His will in people’s lives. We want to know the end. We ask, “Who are you sending with me?” And God says, “Take one step at a time. I will lead you; I will direct you; I will work with you.”

 

There are three things I think are important in this particular dialogue between God and Moses. First is that God’s people hear God’s voice. We don’t need a priest, or a pastor, or a mentor; we just need to be open to hearing God’s voice through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. Second, God is directional. He is concerned about the direction of your life and about the specifics of your life. He is concerned about where you live, who you marry, how you respond to your kids, and how you relate to your faith community. Third, I love what Moses says in verse thirteen, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways that I may know you and continue to find favor.” You are not alone. God will teach you His ways. He will instruct you in how to live. He will give you guidance on where to go.

 

Some of us need to say to God, “You’ve been telling me that you’re going to walk with me. I need to know the next step.”