Dependent Upon God’s Presence

Exodus 33:1-23 – God invited Moses into a staggering type of intimate friendship with Himself. Moses became so accustomed to that level of proximity with God that He refused to go forward without it.

November 19, 2023

Sermon Notes


  • The people were discontent with keeping God’s blessings while losing Him (33:1-6).
  • Moses experienced an intimacy with God that caused others to marvel from a distance (33:7-11).
  • Considering the task before him, Moses was desperate to know God’s ways more (33:12-13).
  • God promised to be with Moses, but this intercessor pleaded for God’s presence to remain with His people (33:14-17).
  • While Moses had seen God’s glory in the past, it caused him to long for it all the more (33:18-23).


  • Thank Jesus for interceding for us so that we could experience the presence of God.
  • You will know you have comprehended the treasure of Christ when you desire Him more than His perks.
  • Any distance from God is that which you have allowed to go unaddressed.
  • The closer you get to God, the more you will long to know Him.
  • Be so dependent on the presence of God that you refuse to go forward without His leading.