Today’s Bible Reading:

Exodus 34:1-35:9
Matthew 27:15-31
Psalm 33:12-22
Proverbs 9:1-6 

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 33:12 (NLT): “What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.” 

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

A heart that is hungry to enjoy its God will find its curiosity peeked in these chapters. 

In Exodus, we see a man who craved in his innermost being to experience God’s glory (see Exodus 33:18). In the very next chapter, we learn that Moses was (temporarily) changed by the experience.

Notice what being with God did to Moses…

Exodus 34:29-30 (NLT): “When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD. So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.”

His face was shining! But, where did that light come from?

Do you remember when the shepherds were out in the field when Jesus was born in Bethlehem? Do you remember that Luke said that “the glory of the Lord shown all around them”? (see Luke 2:9).

The glory of the Lord, the radiant light that emanates from His presence, appears to be something to behold. Moses cried out to see it (Exodus 33:18). Peter wished that he could continue to experience it (Matthew 17:14). 

When we read things like this, we come to realize that there is much more of God to enjoy than we are presently experiencing. There is so much more of Him to know (see Philippians 3:10). So much more to satisfy our innermost thirst (Psalm 42:1-2).

So, why do we settle so often for lesser things when God Himself is there, inviting us into a deeper fellowship with Him so that we can enjoy Him?

If we cultivate an enjoyable relationship with the Lord, while there is probably not going to be a physical light that emanates from our faces, there will be a glow. People will be able to see that we’ve been with Jesus (see Acts 4:13).

So chase after a relationship with the Lord. Do it with all your heart because if you’re not “all in,” then you won’t discover this enjoyable relationship that others have experienced.

Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT): “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

But we also must do the hard work of getting our hearts clean. We must repent of every known sin and develop a hatred for what displeases God. Only when our heart is pure are we able to enjoy our God.

Matthew 5:8 (NLT): “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”

We cannot merely stumble into an enjoyable relationship with the Lord. It takes much to prepare our hearts and lives before we can reasonably expect for God to reveal Himself to us in all of His wonder. 

But it is worth it! The human heart was initially made to enjoy and thrive in God’s presence. We were made to experience and enjoy God in the Garden of Eden. So chase after Him. He is well worth it, and you will be so glad you did!