Riddles that Provoke Us to Intimacy


“Yet that old system of law that led to death began with such glory that people could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For… his face shone out with the very glory of God-though the brightness was already fading away. Shall we not expect far greater glory in these days when the Holy Spirit is giving life?” (2 Cor. 3:7-9, TLB).

Recently we talked about how God was not in the dramatics, when He came to meet with Elijah. We have also established that He prefers to speak softly: it delights His heart to know that He doesn’t have to get louder to get our attention. This means that we are listening closely for His communication, ever leaning in closer to His heart to hear Him whisper. He treasures this far beyond anything we could ever do for Him.

After all, how do lovers speak to each other? They certainly don’t yell into each other’s ears. Much of their exchange is soft, loving murmurs. We can conclude from this that His gentle whisper is far superior when it comes to establishing intimacy, than dramatics would be. The intimate is found in the quiet and the still.

Probably most of us, at some point or another, though, have wished that He would speak up, speak more clearly, or speak in a more obvious way. Even His disciples asked Him, “Why do You speak… in parables?”, and seemed relieved in their observation, “Ah, now You are speaking plainly to us and not in parables (veiled language and figures of speech)!” (Matt. 13:10, NKJV; John 16:29, AMPC).

There’s something more to learn here. As I meditate on this subject, a passage comes to mind about Moses. God testified of him, “When a prophet is among you, I, the Lord, will show myself to him in visions; I will speak to him in dreams. But this is not true with my servant Moses. I trust him… I speak face to face with him — clearly, not with hidden meanings. He has even seen the form of the Lord” (Num. 12:6-8, NCV).

There was something extra special about Daddy’s relationship with this man. God went out of His way to say, “I speak even to most mighty prophets via indirect communication, but with this son of Mine, it’s different. It’s face to face.” No parables. No riddles. No symbolic hints. No hidden meanings. Face to face!

What was it about Moses that won him this special place? God’s favoritism? He doesn’t have any. Rather, Moses took the initiative to hunger ravenously for God and to seek Him out. His request, “Show me Your glory!” came up out of the very depths of his spirit (Ex. 33:18). God’s presence was everything to him. And he received exactly what he sought. That’s a thing, you know. Everyone who seeks, finds (Matt. 7:8).

I conclude, then, that the longer we seek hard after God, the clearer His communication with us grows. As the years pass and we continue to relentlessly run after His heart, the intimacy grows deeper and deeper.

When we are young in the Lord, most of His communication will be in “veiled language and figures of speech.” Why? Because He is drawing us after Him. He is inviting us deeper. He is lovingly provoking us to go after Him. He is inviting us to dig in and search out His treasures. He is providing a catalyst for overwhelmingly abundant growth in our connection with Him… only available if we respond to His enticing.

Tragically, many Christians never move past this immature spiritual stage. For this reason, Paul wrote letters to large groups of his spiritual kids, admonishing them for still being “infants in Christ” (1 Cor. 3:1). Our flesh protests loudly against the discipline required to wholeheartedly seek the Lord for who He is, instead of just for His blessings. How profoundly sad it is for a believer to be contented with just spiritual milk for years on end, when indescribable riches are available in Him!

If we will respond to His drawing, a life-long journey will begin, of coming to know His voice more intimately. If we continually cry out for more of Him, longing for Him more than anything on this earth, the unfathomable is possible. What He has made available to us in the new covenant is “even more glorious” than Moses’ experience! (2 Cor. 3:8, NIV). The longer and the deeper we walk with Him, the more it will happen to us, too. We will speak with Him face to face. We will see His form. We will behold His glory.

This, dear one, is what we were created for!


Aren’t God’s treasure hunts fun? He gives you a clue, a hint, and you keep looking deeper, and then you find what He hid for you! What kinds of treasures have you discovered recently as you seek for more of Him?

6 thoughts on “Riddles that Provoke Us to Intimacy

  1. Oh, my. I just read Numbers 12 and 13 yesterday, and here I am today having just read your post about Moses’ intimacy with the Lord. And yes, His voice is often a gentle whisper, just like Elijah experienced. May each of us who follow the Lord desire intimacy with Him.

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  2. Words. What to write and where to share it. Music. Ways of encouraging people towards connection. Images of leading worship music, at a church that is not where I currently attend, alongside my girlfriend who is part of the worship team.

    These have all been glimpses God has shown me, and drawn me closer to Him through.

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