12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Exodus 33:12-19 (New International Version)
God Not On Their Side
In Exodus 32, the nation of Israel disobeyed the command of God by building a golden calf and worshiping it. Only because Moses prayed on the people’s behalf were they spared of God’s burning wrath, for the time being. However, the damage was already done. As a result of their sin, the Lord told Moses that He will go on ahead to prepare the promise land for conquest, however, He Himself will not go with Israel as they travel to the land.
Needing God With Them
For Moses, the thought of having God not with them was unbearable. He understood that the conquest of Canaan would not be possible without the Lord being with them. So Moses pleaded with the Lord, asking Him to show mercy to Israel and begged that He would go with them. Upon hearing the words of His servant, the Lord assured Moses that He will have mercy on them and be with them as they travel to the promised land.
Equipped to the Calling
It is humbling to think that the Lord made everything that is in this universe and still knows each one of us by name and has given all of us a calling. Unfortunately, because of the sin which dwells within us, our ability to do what we are called to do is hindered. Thankfully, the Lord is full of grace and mercy, and He gives these gifts generously to all whom He is pleased with. With these gifts, we have the means to fulfill our God-given tasks.
The Power of Mercy and Grace
How does grace and mercy allow us to do our calling? God’s mercy reminds us that we are forgiven of the Lord; the sin that hindered us from our work is blotted out and we are now free to proceed with our mission. The grace which the Lord has placed upon us puts us under His unconditional love and favor. Under God’s power, we now have the resources to do our mission without fear and worry; for if God is with us, who can be against us.
Using Mercy and Grace
When we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the mercy and grace of God is made available us. These gifts must not be taken for granted or wasted. Instead, we need to use them to help us follow through in the mission which the Lord has placed upon our hearts. Only when do this, will we be fruitful in our divine enterprises.
God is with Us
Even so, because of the evil that exists in this world, the mission which God has given us can be daunting at times. Nevertheless, we must not lose heart, for we are not alone in our pursuit of the Lord’s will. According to His mercy and grace, God Himself promises that He will never leave us or forsake us in our ministry. With this knowledge embedded deep within our souls, let us march forward in our service to God with peace and joy in our hearts.