In a recent post, J.D. Greear tackles this question: “If you could get God’s blessing without God, would you take it?”.
J.D. writes the following about Exodus 33:1-3:
God promises Moses all the success he could desire. The Promised Land would be theirs. But there’s a caveat. God won’t be going with them.
Most people—particularly Americans—would actually consider this a dream offer. Outward success coupled with no real obligation to God? No religion, and just blessing? Think of it: if you could get all of the blessings of God with none of the obligations that come with his presence, isn’t that the best of both worlds? What could be better than that?
Moses, however, knows it’s a raw deal. “If your presence will not go with me,” he says, “do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). In other words, “What’s the point of getting everything we dreamed of … without You? You can keep all that success—money, health, legacy, family. If we don’t have your presence, we don’t have anything at all.”
Moses had a level of insight that most of us lack. He was able to see thatGod+nothing was the better deal, for two reasons.
To read the entire post, head over to J.D.’s blog.