“Then the Lord said, ‘There is a place near Me where you may stand on a rock. 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…’”
There is a beautiful stretch of woods behind my childhood home. I wasn’t usually allowed to go venture them by myself due to danger of snakes, the creek, and a cliff. However, on the occasion that my entire family would hike through them to the creek together, we would select walking sticks for each of us. At the end of the journey, we would place them in a large rock that had a cleft in it, seemingly made just for us.
We often use the word “rock” in reference to someone or something that offers us solidarity, consistency, stability…and refuge. We crave something to stand on, lean against, hide in—we are riddled with weakness, yearning for strength. I cannot imagine how many different lessons can be drawn from Exodus 33—the determination to not go anywhere without God’s Presence, the plea to know Him…and the desire to see His glory. However, I feel a tendency to direct the magnifying glass over verses 21 and 22 mentioned above, and I dare you to read them over and over again.
Who is the Rock near Him? What caused the cleft? The Lord has such a beautiful way of foreshadowing the story of His Son.
I challenge you to ache for Him in a way that your addiction for His Presence causes you to cry out, “Show me Your glory.” I urge you to set your mind and your heart on seeking Him until you find Him—not just until “all these things are added to you.” I used to long to go on adventures to the creek behind my house, but the journey was too dangerous. I didn’t know what I was asking.
Do we know what we are asking when we ask for more of Him? Do we flippantly speak the words without realizing that we must die to ourselves to see our request? No one can see His face and live.
But there is a place near Him—Lord, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. I can hide within His suffering, and be able to know Him in the fellowship of sharing in what He endured.
“Rock of ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee.”
Scripture to read:
Exodus 33 Psalm 27:7-9 Mark 10:35-45
Psalm 40:2 Psalm 61:2
Philippians 3:10 Matthew 6:33
O Lord, I want to see You, to look upon Your face. My heart says to seek Your face, because I don’t just want to know about You or receive Your blessings. I just want You. In Jesus’ Name, and within His suffering, I hide and I plead. Amen.