“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people” (Exodus 33:13).

Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him. They prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking. Moses used the fact that he knew God as an argument for knowing Him better. “Now therefore I pray thee, if I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight” (Exodus 33:13); and from there he rose to make the daring request, “I beseech you, show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). God was frankly pleased by this display of ardor, and the next day called Moses into the mount, and there in solemn procession made all His glory pass before him. Ask God to restore a deep longing in you for Him, a thirst for more of God. Ask Him to begin a new work of love in you. Say to your soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then rise up in grace and follow Him from the misty lowland where we have wandered too long.

Adapted from Tozier on “Christian Leadership”