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Desert Grace

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on August 20, 2022

In the context of Exodus chapter 33 we see the calling of Moses, as he is being used of the Lord in leading God’s people, three million strong, THROUGH a wilderness of wandering . Now, that demanding mission beckons another call, a call for the grace of God, with His guiding presence for His way through that dry and barren land. Let’s pick up that Biblical, historical account as it unfolds, giving us the response of God’s leader in that overwhelming mission to lead God’s flock in that desert: “And Moses said unto the LORD, see thou sayest unto me, bring up this people … now, therefore, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee” (vs. 12, 13). Then, His grace-filling LORD answered the prayer of Moses, “And he said, my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (v. 14). So, in that prayerful experience, Moses found that God’s grace could bring quiet assurance as he fulfills his calling when the Lord leads him in the GRACE-WAY chosen for him. Now, let’s put ourselves in those desert sandals of Moses, because we too have a calling, a wilderness, and a journey that needs to be fulfilled with His graced presence for the way. This story is not just about Moses, as seen in his very words; the challenge on that desert floor was not limited for him to “find grace in thy sight,” but Moses also prayerfully said “consider … thy people” (v.13).

“Consider thy people” Lord! That’s us, and we as the people of God have a wilderness walk as well, and we all need the FAVOR (grace) of God to see us through our desert experiences and our “prone to wander” episodes as we journey on. So, let’s be of that sort, a praying person, as Moses, “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight (note: Moses was a believer, graced already with salvation), shew me thy way, that I might know thee” (v 13). Then, Moses adds to his prayer: “That I may find grace” (v. 13); he wanted more grace, because he needed MORE. Moses had a some very valuable insight concerning God’s grace: he knew that he was graced as a believer, and he is now asking the Lord to “shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I might find grace in thy sight” (v. 13). So, dear believer, graced already with salvation, you probably are now found in your own particular wilderness needing MORE GRACE. But how, where and when is this grace going to happen in my life that is sometimes dry and desolate? The answer is found in the place and Person where and in whom Moses found grace. Even though that place was a wilderness of want, that place invited him to his surrendered position before the Lord of all deserts, asking HIM for the way to be shown - “that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight.” Want some insight: when we are wanting to be shown the way in our wilderness wanderings, we are then able to know the Lord more and more, and when we do, then more grace is on the way! Then comes the quelling of all the uneasiness brought on by those uninvited desert experiences, with the ultimate grace given. The Lord graces us with HIMSELF: “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (v. 14). Remember, Moses did not limit grace given to him, and neither does the Lord; He will CONSIDER that we are HIS people, needing grace (v. 13). Oh, dear “graced already” believer in your wilderness, is it time for you be shown His way, for you then to get to KNOW HIM, to be blessed with finding more grace in His sight? Yes, you can find more grace, even in your desolation: oh, be led by Him, be knowing Him, then be favored by Him; that’s the Bible way, it’s called DESERT GRACE.RACE.