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My benefit? or my dear God?

2018-03-04 23:15
Pastor’s letter (713) Mar 4 th , 2018
My benefit? or my dear God?

Long time ago, I asked the guy, “Who would you marry with if there is beautiful girl,
wise girl, faithful girl or girl who leads me to success?” He replied, he would marry with
the girl who leads him to success. I ask him why and said, “I have a dream that is hard
to achieve with myself. So, I would love her if she can help me to get there with what
she has.” We see the people who overcome the huge age gap and marry around us.
Couples, who love truly one another, give us impression and pleasure. But there are
couples who love each with what they have, such as money or social position, than their
personalities which called “snob.”

Israelis are abused as a slave in Egypt. They lived in ghetto, they ate old food, and they
wore old clothes. They had scars on their back from Egyptian supervisor. Their sons
died for Egyptian’s king in military. God was moved, so he led Israelis away to open
field from Egyptian. However, they still complained with what they eat, and what they
have. Furthermore, they made calf with gold and call it a God.
God was upset and said to Moses. “Go up to that land flowing with milk and
honey; but I will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, for
fear that I send destruction on you while you are on the way.” (Exodus 33:3)
Also he said he will send lions that will protect from other threat and they will live as
what they wanted. How Moses would feel? He was not happy even though, God
promises blessing life instead of horrible homeless life.

What does this blessing life even mean without God? What would I choose between
God’s accompany or his a blessing? My benefit and my success or God’s presence and
his accompany? What is my goal in my life? Moses chose to be in relationship with God
rather than have a fancy and comfy life. And he replied, “If your Presence does not
go with us, do not send us up from here. 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?” (Exodus 33: 15-16) Yes, Moses said “no” to God. Can you imagine how
God was happy at that moment, when Moses said no to him? Moses would be saying
that time with God is more valuable than just time with his blessing but God himself.
What would be like his blessing and success without him? Moses lived gorgeous life as
king in Egypt but he didn’t say that he will go back to Egypt because right now, this
moment with God is so much valuable.

-Pastor, Kibeom Lee