KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 33:3 ” Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff-necked people: lest I consume thee in the way.?
Read Exodus 33:1-23
The Lord calls on Moses and tells him to tell the Jews, because of their stubbornness he will not lead them to the promised land, although an angel would lead them. In verse 5 he added “He will come up into their midst and consume them”.
The children of Israel responded with fear and each person. Stopped wearing his or her ornaments. The Lord arranged a meeting with Moses in the Tabernacle of meeting. Moses spoke on behalf of his people and said “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight, and consider that this nation is thy people”. What was the Lord’s answer? In Ex 33: 14 it reads “And he, said my presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest”.
The Lord had shown His fury and anger against the people but Moses was able to turn the wrath to favor. How was he able to achieve this.? Moses had walked in the ways of the Lord uprightly. He had won the favor of God because of his obedience. Job 22:30 reads “He shall deliver the island of the innocent and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands. Purity always gives favor to any man who walks in it. Hebrews 12:14 says “Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”.
There are two aspects of Holiness. The first aspect is what we are, because of the presence of the Lord in us. His presence in any place or thing makes that thing Holy. The second aspects of Holiness is one’s response to living uprightly in the light of God’s word, and also acting on the nature of Holiness he or she has acquired because of the presence of the Lord with Him. It was Moses uprightness that endeared him such favor from God, so much that he granted him audience to speak to him mouth to mouth. The truth is that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation, he that fears him and works righteously is accepted with him (Acts 10:34)
Dear child of God, your uprightness can save multitudes of people. God can stay his judgments and punishments over a people’s sin because of your uprightness and faith in him. Without faith, it is impossible to please him and without holiness you can’t have audience with him. Go for both
Father, I pray for an awareness of holiness in your body. That all Christians act on this holy state to experience a greater power of God in our dealings with people. This I pray in Jesus name.
Job 2:3 ” And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause”.
Psalms 25:21” Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”