MONDAY, JANUARY 7
Scripture: Exodus 34:8-9, 10
In Exodus 34:8-9 in response to the offer to stand with God in His glory and being honored as a member of God’s family, Moses bowed his head to the ground and worshipped. Then he said in verse 9, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord go among us even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin and take us as Your inheritance.” This is Moses asking, ‘Now that I have personally experienced Your glory, I want it for the whole nation, I want them all to know what it means to be adopted. And I want them to make a choice to stand by You in that place in Your glory. And if they are willing to give up their own desires and live for you, then let them experience it, walk in it, and live in it as Your family, as Your inheritance, as Your kids, Your adopted kids. Let them know that they are Your adopted family.’ Moses had walked with God long enough that he wanted the joy of that relationship available for every Israelite by covenant. God adopted us as His family! That is really what Exodus 34:8-9 are all about. Moses was saying, ‘What I just experienced, God, please make covenantally available to the whole family. I just experienced standing in Your glory. It is pricey! I had to give up my will, but it was worth it.’ Yes, it is pricey but it is also priceless! God is offering salvation to all who will humble themselves and take hold by faith!