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Google Calendar: Meeting Reminder - God by Sebastian Kon

Moses was a very special person. He got to speak with God, talk on behalf of God, and had God's own glory pass by him. He met with God in such a special way that his face shone after meeting with him. He had to wear a veil when he was around everyone else and took it off when he met with God. Don't we all wish we could have just a taste of the intimacy Moses had with God?!
Jesus, the greater Moses, the mediator of the better covenant, was the closest to the Father as anyone ever was. He did what he saw his Father doing, knew the will of the Father, called him Abba, and often withdrew by himself to commune with him. If only we could know the Father half as well as Jesus did!
Well, this is the gospel message at its very simplest: Jesus came to die for us so that we can know the Father. And I mean, really know him. That was his plan from the start, from before Moses. God's will for us is that we'll walk with him in the cool of the day. All he's ever wanted is our hearts. God wants our hearts to beat in time with his. The whole reason he set the foundation of the world was so that he could love us. Don't be mistaken, he was in a fully sufficient relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit before creation, but out of the depths of his heart he has made room for us, and he is calling us deeper and deeper still.
We can have the intimacy Moses had with God.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians that we all can, with unveiled faces, contemplate the Lord's glory. Our veils were removed in Christ, and now we may see and behold his glory. Because of Jesus, we can go up the mountain ourselves and meet with God. We're not reliant on Moses, a pastor or a preacher to know God. His word is enough. Jesus is enough.

We can know the Father as Jesus did. Jesus said anyone who has seen him has seen the Father. The fullness of God dwelt among us in Jesus, as he did in the tabernacle among his people in Israel. "I haven't seen Jesus though," or "I don't feel like he's dwelt with me," you might say. Well...maybe you haven't. Jesus doesn't huff and puff and blow your house down; he stands at the door and knocks. I have a feeling that many of us think we have met Jesus in our head, and yet do not meet with him in our heart. There is a disconnect between what our head knows and what our heart wants. If we claim to have met Jesus, beautiful saviour, author and giver of life, divine counsellor, why do we not make room in our hearts to spend time with him? It shouldn't take any convincing to make time with God (but I will try anyway).
Imagine your dad gives you 1440 dollars every day. Imagine all the things you could do with that money. Some of it you will need for essentials, but with a lot of it, you can do whatever you want. There's only one thing your dad asks for in return, and it's that every day you give him back $20. $20 out of the $1440 that he gives you each day. It's nothing to us but means everything to him. You see, it takes as little as 20 minutes out of 1440 that God graciously gives us every day to meet and experience him. It's not just about spiritual discipline; it's about spiritual listening. The good shepherd's sheep know the sound of his voice, and he is always reaching out to us. Are we listening?
Sometimes our 'quiet times' are not very quiet at all. I wonder if our time with God tends to be more about us than about God. We might mean well, wanting God's best for us, but not realise that there is something even better - God himself. 
It is not enough to make time and memorise scripture. The Pharisees did that, and Jesus said they only honour him with their lips, but their hearts are far from him. It's never been about the minutes per day. If you do not like meeting with God now, you will certainly not like an eternity with him. Our remedy to complacency is intimacy, and our road to intimacy begins with discipline, and yet discipline cannot exist without desire. A desire for Jesus does not come naturally to us because of our sin and our hard hearts, but by God's grace we were saved, and by God's grace we are transformed. Reset your affections upon Jesus daily, delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.