Posted by: springsinthedesert | October 21, 2009

God’s Presence Is All You Need

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

             Exodus 33:15-17

Moses was a great leader. To lead a large group of people in the desert is not an easy task. If they wandered in the desert for 40 years, Moses did receive a training of 40 years before he was selected for this great job. I love the relationship Moses had with God. Every time He wanted to have a direction in his next step, he sought the Lord and was always with an answer from God.

Let me explain the context of the above verse. Moses was upon Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from the Lord. While Moses was away, the people of Israel gathered around Aaron and asked him to make them a God. With the gold they had, they made a calf of gold and started worshipping it. Can you imagine that? After seeing the hand of God doing all the miracles in their lives, they were ready to serve something they created themselves..God called them “stiff-necked people”. So God was furious about their sin and decided not to go with them in the rest of their journey to Canaan. Instead He said, He will send an angel before them to lead them to the promised land.

I strongly believe that an angel would have been enough for that job. But Moses was not ready to settle for anything lesser than God himself. If you read the whole chapter, you will see that Moses reminding God all His words and also standing in the gap for the sins of Israelites. He constantly asked God for His presence. I love the verse which says “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. What a strong statement!! Read the next verses too..Why is Moses so adamant in having God’s presence with them? God ‘s presence shows His pleasure on them. Next thing is that others could see a distinguished difference in the people who had His presence with them. That is the reason why Moses did not settle for any angel other than God.

How often have you thought that our life in this world is really difficult. Each day you face different challenges. You face situations where you need to make choices in life , then and there. How often do you seek the will of God? Or do you depend on your own understanding? Do you settle for anything lesser than God’s presence? We claim that we do not worship any idols. But in truth, do you have anything in life that is more important than God..Are you fully occupied with the thoughts of your family, your job, your health. An idol is anything we love more, serve more, fear more and trust more than God. Any relationship that means more to you than God is an idol.Anything that gets more attention of yours than God is an idol. Try to avoid any divided devotion to God.

God’s presence in your life can do wonders. In fact that is the only thing that makes you different from others. It shows to others that God is pleased with you. God was ready to give the Israelites His protection, His provisions and also His promises, but He was not ready to offer His presence with them. Do not settle for God’s protection, provision and promises without His presence. When you have God’s presence with you, you need nothing more, and you should not settle for anything lesser.

Reflection

God’s presence can do wonders. Today, do not settle for anything lesser than His presence. That makes all the difference in life. Do not settle for an angel when you have all the authority to have His presence in life.

Prayers,

Rani John

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