Face to Face with God

In Deuteronomy there is the following verse:

And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, – Deuteronomy 34:10, ESV

It is tucked in there at the end of the book and if you aren’t reading carefully, you might miss “whom the LORD knew face to face.” Once you see it, though, it should cause you to pause. What does it mean that the Lord knew Moses face to face? After all, Moses wasn’t allowed to see God’s face, for God put His hand on His servant and held Moses in the cleft of the rock as He passed by. So it doesn’t mean physically face to face. So what then?

It meant the sort of relationship that existed between Moses and God. It was a face to face relationship. They were close. They spoke often. This is the kind of relationship you expect between best friends. Maybe even closer. It is like the type of relationship between two combat vets who had fought together and after years apart come together, nod at each other, and just know what the other is thinking and feeling. Except this type of relationship isn’t between any two people. It is a relationship between a man and God.

Do you want this kind of relationship with God? It would mean dispensing with all the excuses. It would mean truly putting Him first. And it would mean spending more time with Him. A lot of time with Him, in fact. More time in the study of God’s Word. More time in prayer. And more time in God’s service. We are talking real service, where God says, “Go,” and we go – no questions asked.

The thing of it is a lot of us talk like this is what we want. But the real test is how we live our daily lives. We don’t live this way and that’s why we don’t know God face to face. The reality is Moses had it right. We are the ones who are wrong. There is nothing greater than time spent in the presence of the Almighty. We know this, but we still don’t act on it. Why not? Because we are sinful people.

God can change this. He can draw us closer to Him. But we have to want it. We have to ask God for it. And we have to trust by faith that He will expand that faith. In the meantime, we need to get rid of the roadblocks. We have to give God every part of ourselves. And if we are truly serious and faithful, we will know our Lord face to face. How bad do you want it?


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