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 NIV).
Moses is having a dialogue with God. This happens just when God is asking Moses to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. Moses is aware of the enormity of the responsibility. So he is making sure that God is with him in this great task.
There lies a simple majesty about this request that we so often miss. Moses is here standing on God’s assurance that he has found favor in God’s eyes. So he asks God to do for him something if actually God is pleased with him. Moses asks God to teach him His ways. He is showing a learning attitude. This comes from humility of heart. This willingness to learn is shown by Moses to achieve a higher purpose. Moses says to God to teach him His ways so that he may know God. We might remember that Moses had already been an instrument of God’s mighty ways in the land of Egypt. Yet he is not satisfied. He knows that there is more that he needs to know of God’s ways; especially that now he is given a renewed command to lead God’s people.
To lead this people Moses knew that he needed to find continual favor with God. He was not satisfied with a one-time favor with God. He wanted God’s continual favor. What a man of God! He wants to know more of God to be in God’s favor all the time. How much we can learn from this man! Are we not often satisfied with one great experience of God’s favor? That is not enough! We need to learn; to know God, and to continue in His favor!