Confidence in God’s Presence
Exodus 33:14….And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
The Scripture reveals how the presence of God empowers his children to live for him, as it’s found in the life of Moses.
Moses was convinced that without God’s presence in his life, it was useless for him to attempt anything. When he spoke face to face with the Lord, he said, “…If thy presence go not with me, carry us up not hence” (Exodus 33:15). He was saying, “Lord, if your presence is not with me, then I’m not going anywhere. I won’t take a single step unless I’m assured you’re with me!”
Moses knew it was God’s presence in Israel that set the people apart from all other nations. And the same is true of the church of Jesus Christ today. The only thing that sets us apart from non-believers is God’s presence being “with us” – leading us, guiding us, working his will in and through us.
Moses didn’t care how other nations received their guidance, formed their strategies, ran their governments or directed their armies. He said, “We operate on one principle alone. The only way for us to be guided or governed, to make war and survive in this wasteland, is to have the presence of God with us!”
“When the Lord’s presence is in our midst, we enjoy protection, peace, joy, confidence, favor and unprecedented privileges. We become a sign and a wonder to many. But without him, we’re helpless, reduced to nothing. Let all the nations of this world trust in their armed forces, their iron chariots, their trained soldiers, their innovative weapons. We will trust in the manifest presence of our God!”
Here is how God answered Moses’ brave request: “…My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (verse 14). What a pacifying promise! The Hebrew word for “rest” here is “a comfortable, quiet rest.” God was saying, “No matter what enemies or trials you face, you’ll always be able to find a quiet rest in me!”
A church body that has God’s presence in its midst will live, move and worship with an audacious confidence in the Lord at all times.
The same is true for every individual Christian. If you have Jesus’ presence in your life, you will experience God’s divine order. You’ll have a peace and a calm, with no fretting or anxiety, no running to and fro to seek guidance, no sense that the bottom is falling out. You’ll live at rest, knowing God has everything under control!
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Personal declaration for the day:
I put my trust in the presence of God with me and i will not fear.
Questions for you to reflect on
Will you life to live life without God’s presence? Give reasons for your answer.