Two down. Only one resolution remains. I’m not sure why we set resolutions each year, but I think part of it is so that we can cling to some tiny piece of false control when we look ahead at the unknown in the 365 days ahead. Thankfully my final goal that remains has a lot more to do with God’s great love and less to do with my daily habits or personal performance.
Last week, I ran across a story, one of the “behind the scenes” pieces of the Israel’s Exodus and the Ten Commandments. In Exodus 33, we catch an amazing dialog between a merciful Heavenly Father and His reluctant but willing servant, Moses. Note: this is the same righteous, “Old Testament” God who brought death and destruction earlier in the story; both are part of His divine nature.
In verse eleven, it says, “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” That is an amazing statement that stands in sharp contrast to the gods of other religions who are defined by their inapproachability. This is centuries before Jesus arrives in Bethlehem, an unmeasurable example of the Father’s love for His creation!
Because Moses has already been a witness, an undeserving recipient of God’s grace, he reminds Yahweh of the bond they have and the promise He has given. “You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’” But he also makes a confident request of the Lord, “Show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.”
We have that same opportunity to come before a God who loves us. Because of Christ’s death on our behalf and His resurrection, we can speak directly with him “as one speaks to a friend.” This is true no matter where we are geographically, politically or spiritually! But even if you don’t want to “be God’s friend,” His words to you in this new year are still the same, “I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.”
So how will we respond? Well, that is my last remaining resolution. In 2011 I want to consistently ask my Heavenly Father, my friend, “Show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.” Maybe you can make it your prayer too. Another one of God’s character traits that Valerie and I can tell you is true… He is faithful! If you want to know Him better, just ask Him. He will do it. You can experience His love and grace in 2011.