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day 16

I LOVE YOUR PRESENCE

Exodus 33:12-15 (NASB)
Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 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.”

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

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In the most difficult time of his life, Moses was talking with God intimately.  He was opening up his deep feelings with God. In verse 12 Moses seemed to be saying, “You have put me in leadership and have given me a task to lead these people – but now I feel alone because even Aaron whom you assigned to assist me (Exo 4:14-16) has failed in his commitment (Ex.32:21-25). So how can I alone carry out this great task?”


Often many find themselves in the same situation as Moses.  They become perplexed and lonely and are wondering as to how to execute the godly tasks in front of them. 


The life of Moses was an intimate relationship with God. Deut.34:10 says, there was nobody like Moses whom the Lord knew face to face. And Ex.33:11 states “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” Further in Num.12:7,8 God testifies “…. My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household. With him I speak mouth to mouth, even openly...”


Here is the picture of a perfect relationship between God and a man! Moses was so intimately related to God and God also acknowledged that intimacy. Can there be problems such as that faced by Moses, in the lives of people who are sold out for the Lord? Can a person having such intimacy with God go through times of agony? The lives of many men of God portrayed in the Bible give us an understanding of agonizing moments they passed through in their ministry; however, there is one thing commonly seen in their lives – a constant presence of God in their lives because of their intimate relationship with Him.


In Exodus 32, we see how Israelites rebelled against God and rejected Him. They made a god for themselves declaring allegiance to it. They forgot the fact that God was their Savior from slavery; from the enemy who was planning to destroy them; who provided them food and water; they forgot the One who kept them safe. Yet Moses, who had an intimate walk with God, was never deterred by the attitude of people around him nor did he get distracted by the deterioration of faith around him. When all the people rejected God, Moses took the tent out of the people's camp and pitched it away from its premises.


What we see is that each time Moses went into the Tent, the tangible presence of God came down on the tent. It looked like God was coming to meet His close friend. That teaches us a very valuable lesson that in our times on agony, in our moments of confusion, and in times of loneliness there is only one thing that will strengthen us –our intimate relationship with God.


The answer that God gave Moses is our meditation for today. “… And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. ” (Exo.33:14). Are there questions in your mind? Are you feeling tired of the labor? Today He is inviting you to have a personal refreshing moment with Him. Psalm 37:3-5 reminds us to trust in the Lord, delight in Him, and to commit our way to the Lord and He will help us.  Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28). Let us find time to be alone with God so that we will be strengthened in our times of solitude.


“I cannot imagine a greater motivation to pray than that God enjoys having me in His presence.” 

– R.T Kendall


Resource: Good Shepherd Ministry International ©2019

Father, like Moses prayed, I desire nothing more than the knowledge of Your presence. I want to be in the center of where You are and don’t want to move unless I KNOW You are with me, guiding me, leading me, shepherding me. I love You, Jesus. Help me to know Your nearness today. May Your presence be tangible in every way, Lord.
Amen.

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