WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE GOD

In the same devotional I mentioned in my last post, Sarah Young touched on something I’ve been meditating on lately. She continued with these words from Jesus Calling: “…I lift the problem out of today and deposit it in the future, where it is veiled from your eyes.”

Moses experienced this once. In Exodus 33, we see him talking with God:

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

19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

I like Joyce Meyers’ takeaway from this scripture. She points out that you may not always see God moving, but you sure know he’s been there once he’s passed by! God’s glory is so great that you cannot look at it and live. He was protecting Moses when he hid him in the cleft of the rock, but Moses got what he asked for. He got to see God’s glory.

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We can see his glory, too. But we have to trust, wait and believe while we’re waiting. And while we’re waiting, we can worship. God has promised we will see his glory if we put our care in his hands and thank him for loving us enough to take care of those things we’d rather worry about.

Moses’s experience illustrates that just because we don’t see God, it doesn’t mean he’s not working on our problems. Moses was in the presence of God’s glory and was protected from death by not being allowed to see him. But Moses had no doubt that God had passed by once he was allowed to see again.

Likewise, there will be times that God is doing amazing things for us, but we can’t see him. But once he’s done and he’s passed by, that’s when we can look back in wonder and know that God had been there and done a good work in our lives!

ENOUGH FOR TODAY

I’m learning that God wants a trusting heart.

Yesterday was challenging! We had just left home to go to visit my husband’s mother in Nebraska. Now understand that my husband has been unemployed for two months and he has yet to get any money from unemployment because of one mix-up after another, so I was already worried about getting the bills paid. Then, about 30 minutes into our 6-hour drive, I got a text from my boss that there was a problem with our payroll and there was no paycheck in my account yet. And then, I noticed that our escrow payment was $100 more than usual!

Fortunately, within two hours, my paycheck was deposited and the over-payment on my escrow was corrected. So we’re good for now.

And that, I think, is the key phrase – We’re good for now.

In her book, Calling Jesus, Sarah Young writes, “Many of the situations that entangle your mind are not today’s concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow.” When we recite The Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to “give us today our daily bread.”

Jesus understood how important it is to take things one moment at a time, one day at a time. He even said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  (Matthew 6:28 NIV.)

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I need to remember that I don’t need to worry about anything because my Lord sees me, he knows me, he loves me and he already knows how he’s going to meet my needs.

It’s easy to trust when your circumstances are good; not so easy when things look scary and you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Then we remember that God already knows what’s going to happen next. He already has a good plan for us. So keep a peaceful heart and wait for it. Stop worrying and start worshipping!

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