No Middle Road
15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” Exodus 33:15-16
Exodus 32 tells us of the Israelites rebellion against God. While Moses was on the mountainthe Israelites created a golden image and Aaron allowed it instead of holding them accountable and encouraging them to wait. Compromising, they created a manmade idol and worshipped it instead of the one true God.
In Exodus 33 God tells Moses an angel will take His place on the journey to the Promised Land. “Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way (Exodus 33:3)." He no longer commune with such rebellious people. But Moses was faithful in his intercession. His heart cried out to God. He interceded on their behalf and asked the Lord to reconsider.
Moses was adamant. He understood the presence of God set him apart from all other people on earth. Without God’s presence, there was no supernatural alignment or favor. Moses lifted high his focused prayers, and heaven heard.“ The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name (Exodus 33:17)." God knew Moses by name! His prayers had made an impact around the throne.
What if we refused to go forward without the presence of God? What if we craved His favor and alignment over any other? Moses spoke an eternal truth applying to each of us today. We are called and set apart by the presence of God.
As the power of His transformational Grace works in our life, people notice. Drawn to the power within, we lead them to Christ. Our life can be lived craving manmade idols or the all powerful presence of God. We choose. Blessed with free will the Father equips and prepares us, but we do not have to follow. Compromise is constantly lurking around the corner. Calling us to complacency and comfort on behalf of the accuser of the brethren. But there is another voice. Laced with truth and transformation it picks us up and carries us through. And when we accept Holiness calls us to greater works through Him. There is no middle road.
Moses partnered with heaven as he embraced the power of intercession. His words on earth covered a nation and ushered God's people into the presence of God. The Father listened, and He responded. Moses was a friend of God and they communicated while aligned with a heavenly purpose. With a humble heart, Moses cried out and the Father answered. Compassion flowed, His presence would go with them. Gratefully even stubborn and rebellious people can repent and turn back to God. This passage is proof. There is power in relational intercession with the one, true "I AM".
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19