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Hiding in Revelation

Exodus 33:18 “Show me your glory.” Our pastor called a church-wide fast this week and this morning it got me reflecting on spiritual hunger. Thinking back it seems the pattern of my life is to overcommit (to work, to ministry, to family) and come to God in desperation when I find myself completely unable to handle my circumstances. He always shows up, sorts me out far beyond my expectations, and reveals himself to me through an amazing encounter. But in this season I’ve been hearing Him tell me to create space and I’ve been wondering if I can create that sense of spiritual desperation without my drowning in my overcommitment. In scripture, difficult circumstances did drive people to get desperate for God, but so did miraculous breakthroughs. Karl Barth in dialectical theology talks about how every time God reveals himself, He’s also hiding himself. That’s why in scripture everyone who encounters God walks away with a deeper hunger to know Him more. Moses sees 10 plagues, watches as God parts the red sea, encounters God at the burning bush, sees God in fire by night and cloud by day, and yet in Exodus 33 he asks God… “show me your glory.” Wow. Lord, thanks for comforting me. Creating space for you does not mean I will have less hunger for you. Creating space for you means I will encounter you more, which will drive even more hunger and simultaneous satisfaction. You are all I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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