ENCOUNTER WITH GOD

Those who had encounters

  • Moses: Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:1-2 NKJV
  • Paul: As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting and oppressing Me?” Acts 9:3-4 AMP

One could say that neither of them were directly responsible for the encounter. However, one who has an encounter can do all within one’s power to keep getting regular encounters. Likewise, one who has not had an encounter can seek it actively. 
Read: GOD’s Promise

Encounter in Deepest Wilderness

  • Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from within a bush. Exodus 3:1-2 BSB
See also

  • “Therefore, behold, I will allure Israel And bring her into the wilderness, And I will speak tenderly to her [to reconcile her to Me]. Hosea 2:14 AMP

Ongoing Encounters

  • Moses: Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it at a distance outside the camp. He called it the Tent of Meeting, and anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. Then, whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would stand at the entrances to their own tents and watch Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance, and the LORD would speak with Moses. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up and worship, each one at the entrance to his own tent. Thus the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young assistant Joshua son of Nun would not leave the tent. Exodus 33:7-11 BSB

In simple terms, Moses kept his Quiet Time regularly and kept on having Encounters with GOD.
Read: QUIET TIME

GOD gives us Encounters

  • What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest himPsalm 8:4 KJV
  • But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that Thou visitest himHebrews 2:6 KJV

GOD's Promise

In other words, when one worships God with all their heart, God’s Presence appears i.e. one has an Encounter with God.
Read: PRESENCE
Read: WORSHIP

Songs

Footnotes

  1. 04672 מצא [mâtsâ'] \maw-tsaw'\ A primitive root; properly to come forth {to} that {is} appear or exist; transitively to {attain} that {is} find or acquire; figuratively to {occur} meet or be present: - + be {able} {befall} {being} {catch} X certainly (cause to) come ({on} {to} to {hand}) {deliver} be enough (cause to) find ({-ing} {occasion} {out}) get (hold {upon}) X have ({here}) be {here} {hit} be {left} light (up-) {on} meet ({with}) X occasion {serve} (be) {present} {ready} {speed} {suffice} take hold on.
  2. 01875 דּרשׁ [dârash] \daw-rash'\ A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship: - {ask} X at {all} care {for} X {diligently} {inquire} make {inquisition} [necro-] {mancer} {question} {require} {search} seek {[for} {out]} X surely.