I’m thinking today about the words of Paul in Philippians 3:10, “I want to know Christ…”
In Exodus 33, Moses was having a conversation with God and begged Him for more of His presence among the people. Moses wanted, for himself and the people, to know God’s presence even more. God responded with a promise to be with them, and He said, “I look favorably on you and I know you by name.” That should be enough reason to want to know God better. He knows you.
Moses then asked to see God’s glory. He wanted to experience and know more of God in His glorious powerful presence. So, God put Moses in a crack in the rocks and covered him with His hand until He passed by. Moses couldn’t have handled the fullness of God’s glory. God allowed Moses to see only His back, to see Him from behind.
We see God from behind, where He has passed by, what He has done and how He has acted when we study the Bible. Reading Scripture is a great way to capture where God has acted, especially in Jesus and his life on earth and through His death and Resurrection. I want to know Him more.
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
(2 Cor. 4:6)