“Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight...” Exodus 33:13
As Moses interceded on behalf of the children of Israel and pled for the Lord to accompany them as they continued their journey through the wilderness, he also asked the Lord to show him His ways so that he could know the Lord and find favor in His sight. Moses realized that knowing the Lord and following the ways of the Lord was the only way. Moreover, the benefit of knowing the Lord and following the ways of the Lord was to receive the favor of the Lord.
From experience, Moses knew the ways and the character of man, especially his own ways, as he initially attempted to flee the call of the Lord for fear of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses had also dealt extensively with Pharaoh and the Egyptians, as well as the ways of the children of Israel. Time and time again, Moses sought the favor of man. He sought favor from the harden-hearted Pharaoh so that the children of Israel would be released from the bondage of slavery. He also sought favor from the stubbornly disobedient children of Israel as he pled for their faith, devotion, and obedience to the Lord. Yes, Moses was all too familiar with the ways of man.
Contrary to the ways of man, Moses experienced many encounters of fellowship with the one true God; therefore, he knew that the ways of the Lord were not like the ways of man. From those experiences, Moses desired to know the Lord better. Moses knew that knowing the Lord better and understanding the ways of the Lord more, would please the Lord, deepen His relationship with the Lord, and that he would in turn experience the presence of the Lord greater than he already had. He boldly admitted as much when He later prayed, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” (Exodus 33:18).
Our prayer should be as Moses prayed. We should continuously ask the Lord to show us His ways so that we can know Him better, be closer to Him, remain in His presence, and experience greater fellowship with Him. Begin today, right now, to ask the Lord, “…let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight.”
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,