In Exodus 33:1-3 we see that God was getting ready to follow up and follow through with His promise of giving Israel the land He promised, yet restraining His manifested presence. The Lord says in these verses:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (NKJV)
The word ‘stiff-necked” is synonym for “proud.” Pride is what is getting in the way of God’s glory; for He says in James that He “resists the proud.”
It took the humility of one man to bring forth God’s glory. Humility is key if we want Revival! Thank God for Moses. It is because of Moses intervention and intersession for the children of Israel that Israel is able to enjoy the benefits of God’s glory.
As we see our story unfolding we can say without fear of error that every time the children of Israel humble themselves before God they experience God’s glory, every time they allow pride to take over their hearts they experience God’s judgment. Humility brings forth revival; pride kills it! The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14
“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
The healing of the land is revival! But it takes God’s people to bring revival. We must humble ourselves before the Lord, we must go after God in worship and pursue loving Him above all things; we must repent from our wicked ways and stop justifying our lack of sanctified lives.
We must make up our minds to be holy and live our lives as such. Then and only then can God hear our prayers, forgive us and pour out His glory. It is time for us as God’s people to do our part.
We need men at this hour to stand and cry out for the condition of their own hearts, for their families, for their communities, their cities, their nations and for God’s glory to fill the whole earth. One willing heart is all it takes! Could that be you? Could that be me?