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In the Old Testament book of Exodus Moses said to the LORD,
“You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’
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.”
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, “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?”
And the LORD said to Moses,
I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Exodus 33:12-17
When I read this it seems that Moses had a good relationship with God.
It was bold of Moses to be challenging him to show and do things in order for Moses to understand the process ahead of him.
Can you even imagine challenging God?
I am not so sure I could do that.
Although at times my prayers have sounded like a challenge, and He heard and answered. 
It is not my everyday normal approach to him.
I love the fact that God says, “I know you by name” that sounds like a personal relationship.
When we know someones name we have information about them.
Have you ever gone into a bank or a pharmacy and have the person helping you say Hi and use your name to acknowledge you?
It makes you feel important or remembered.
It give you the feeling of welcome and value.
It gives identity and a way to communicate.
When we know someones name they respond to us because it draws attention for them ‘to listen’.
(Just as grandparents or parents have to say the name of the child in order for the child to realize who is needing a discussion or correction)
I also love the promise that his presence will be with us and in that reassurance we can rest.
It sounds like a ‘soul rest’ and a knowing that everything will be alright because ‘my Father’ is handling it.’ After establishing all that Moses continues to the ask questions and challenge the intentions of God.
God said to him, I will answer you because I am pleased with you, (you make me proud), and because I know you by your name.
(Moses name meant ‘drawn from the water’)
There is that promise again.
He knows us by our name and loves us.
Isn’t that something wonderful to think about?
He knows us by our name.
(I know I am repeating this a lot but it’s important for us to grasp)
In a personal way, he does not mistake us for someone else.
He knows us for who we are and who we were meant to be.
It is awesome to think he is pleased with us and desires to know us in a more ‘personal way’.
More than anything I want to be teachable like Moses and find favor with God.
What do you want today?