renewal plea

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Exodus 34:1-9

1 The LORD told Moses, “Cut yourself two stone tablets like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and station yourself there for me on the top of the mountain. 3 No one should come up with you, and let no one be seen anywhere on the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” 4 So Moses cut two stone tablets like the first. And he got up early in the morning and climbed Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two stone tablets . 5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses instantly bowed his head toward the ground and worshiped. 9 And he said, “If now I have found grace in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord walk among us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”

renewal plea

Moses sought a renewal of the covenant originally planned. The LORD had created an opportunity for Moses to seek that renewal, and Moses was ready. The LORD had reminded Moses of his forgiveness and unfailing grace and mercy. So, Moses naturally asked that the original contract be restored and that the Lord walk among his people as before. If this had never happened, there would not have been a conquest of the promised land.

In our lives today, we should expect events to unfold which have the potential to open new opportunities for us to draw closer to the LORD. Rather than just accept our forgiveness as “done deal” and going on with our lives as if the LORD has no other use for us, we should strive for a closer walk. His mercies are new every morning, so we should seek that renewal. I’m not talking about a single “second blessing” of empowerment or sanctification. I’m talking about a constant refilling and cleansing that comes from the Lord walking among us. That is the kind of life we can live in Christ.

LORD, come to us again, and renew and restore us daily.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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