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Ex 33:15-17, “Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” 17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.””

Marriage couples have wonderful words from the Bible on their wedding day, and if they should live accordingly their marriage can only be more wonderful day by day.

The children of Israel sinned greatly by making a golden calf and worshipping it. They saw God's great works in Egypt and in the wilderness. They also sang songs of praises to God and made vows to follow the Lord. But they turned their backs quickly on Him and forsook Him. When you sin God gets angry with you. He is a God of love and righteousness and He cannot stand it when you sin.

But in this text we find Moses' secret of success. He didn't want God's blessing but God's presence. God meant more to him than heaven, the promised land, silver or gold.

Moses was also concerned that he would be well-pleasing to God. Your parents and family might be well-pleased with you, but the question is whether God is well-pleased with you.

A Christian should also be different from the world, as we read in Rom 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world." A Christian does not follow after the fashions on TV, but dress and behave in a way that is pleasing to God.

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