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Wow what a question – Does God know your name? As I was reading through Exodus I was struck by this line:

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Imagine God knowing your name. The one thing Moses did was talk to God on a regular basis. However, have we really talked to God lately or have we just lobed requests at Him as though He worked a fast food drive-in?Moses did not do that – in fact when he met with God, it was on God’s timetable – not his. Who in his right mind would climb a mountain and talk with God 40 days – surely no one I know would take that time today!! But that is just what we need to do today – climb a mountain and be with God!!

Climbing a mountain in Mose’s day was no easy feat – steep, rough mountain trails, really I would be hard pressed to call them trails more like a path cut out by some wild animal. Not an easy path to follow, but when meeting with the Lord of Glory the trip is surely worth it!!

Now flash forward to today – we make climbing mountains easy!! We blow holes in them and put tunnels through them, or we blast away rock and put a nicely paved road through them. But even with all our short cuts – a trip up a mountain still isn’t easy, especially if you aren’t used to the trip.

Picture a tall mountain looming in the distance and the thought of a nice Sunday drive comes to mind. You begin your decent up the mountain and you think that this was a great idea – what a beautiful day.  After a short time of driving and looking at the scenery you realize that your chest feels heavy and it is getting hard to breathe. So you pull over at a rest stop and sit for awhile – hoping and praying that pressure lessens. Some of us will turn around at the pit stop and say the pressure is too much I have to turn back…they never met their goal of making it to the top of the mountain.

Others of us though will rest a bit and then continue on. After we begin going back up the mountain we travel for a little bit aware of height, but still enjoying the drive. All of a sudden you get a violent retching in your stomach and you think you are going to throw up – so you pull over and try to breath slowly. You find a little grocery store and you go in and buy soda crackers – after sitting for about 2 hours your stomach begins to feel better. Now you must decide do you proceed on or turn around and head home. A lot of us will turn around and say something like the ride was so very nice,but it is getting late and I don’t want it to be dark when I try coming back down the mountain. A small portion of us will continue up to the top of the mountain.

The trip that you imagined was a short, scenic trip, but that isn’t what it turned out to be. It has been beautiful it is true, but it has been hard. You are tired, worn out, even a little light headed. It is now dark and the mountain roads seem to drop off into nowhere, but you are determined to make it to the top of the mountain.

It is now midnight and you make it to the top of the mountain. You pull off at the last scenic rest stop, but you see no glorious view – only darkness. So you sleep and rest awhile. You made this trip and you are not going to miss the view for anything. Hours latter something wakes you gently, it is the sun splashing across your face.

You sit up excitedly knowing that you will finally see what you have been seeking  and you aren’t disappointed. This is something you will never forget, but what does that have to do with God knowing our names? The journeys are the same and there will be problems, pressures, and darkness – but if we push-on we will not be disappointed.

So what did Moses ask God for when he  got to the top. Was is money, fame, healing, etc…no this is what Moses asked for: Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

All Moses wanted was to see God – thats it to stand in His presence. How many of us would have made that journey just to see God – really not many. We are happy with a safe distant relationship. We explain it away by saying we don’t have time, or we are busy for the kingdom. Some will conclude that if we faced that many problems, then God doesn’twant us to climb the mountain.

Do you want God to know your name – really? Are you willing to fight your way up the mountain to meet with God? If so then begin the journey today and start up that hard path God has called you to, but remember you will meet obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles determines whether you will see the view or not!!

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked,
because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

How you deal with those obstacles determines whether you will see the view or not!!

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

   
Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

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