Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or perspective.

Jacob LeFave is the Director of Christ City Youth and often preaches at Christ City, Kits and Christ City, South Van. You could follow him on social media if he didn’t delete all of his accounts. So, if you want to get in touch with him, email him at jake@christcitychurch.ca.

Exodus 33:12-16

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

I am way too easily satisfied.

The Israelites had just messed up (big time, like Golden Calf big) and the Lord had just spoken these devastating words to Moses, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Deuteronomy 33:3). Moses has a choice here: take the material blessings of the Promised Land and just forget about God, or recognize what truly makes Israel distinct is not geography but God’s presence… and then passionately plead for his presence to remain.

I don’t know if I would have prayed what Moses prayed. I think I would have heard, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey,” and immediately been caught up in thoughts of buffet tables and decadence. What was that bit about God not coming with us? No bother, I’ve got what I need.

But that’s not what Moses does. And that’s not what I should do. Instead he says, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Moses digs his heels in: “I’m not moving unless you’re with us.” And then he adds, “Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

Oh, to only be satisfied with nothing less than the daily, minute-by-minute experience of walking with God! To not rush ahead without giving him second thought, to not be so easily satisfied with material provisions, to dig our heels in and say along with Moses, “If you don’t go with us, we ain’t going anywhere!”

That’s how I want to start each day, with a clear recognition that only in walking with Christ am I satisfied.