Assurance in Our Lord’s Presence
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
Unless we spend time in our Lord’s presence we will always have a sense of insecurity. There are special people in our lives we feel secure by just being around them; their presence and approach to life makes us feel better. It’s the same, when we need to be lifted up and strengthened, we must spend time with our Lord. I don’t know about you, but being in His presence is like being in Hannah’s room after she puts her perfume on, it’s so thick you can taste it and when you leave her room you take the smell with you for the rest of the day. Moses spent a lot of time with God. He knew that without God’s presence he wasn’t worth 2 cents. I couldn’t imagine being responsible for the daily care of 2 million people, getting them out of one country and into another—by foot! It’s unreal! And if that wasn’t bad enough, all the Israelites could do was complain on a constant basis and blame and find fault in Moses. When things went wrong he was their favorite target. The big bullseye! It was the perfect situation for quitting or losing your mind. Many times as a pastor I feel the same way. But god told Moses, “my presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” That’s the only way I can go on being a pastor! Our Lord can give each one of us rest in the midst of trouble, and a great peace in the midst of conflict. And yes, this includes the church, this includes a difficult workplace or a home that’s in constant turmoil. Our Lord’s presence can help us to show love in the face of mistreatment, and patience in times of great stress. It can help us to bring good change without a lot of words, and end up feeling good about the way you handled things. So let’s all spend time in our Lord Jesus’ presence today and everyday.
Love in Christ Jesus!