“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14
In this passage Moses was trying to understand what it was that God was wanting him to do and really wrap His brain around what that would look like for him. He had just obeyed the Lord and brought some people out of the land of Egypt, but God was now asking Him to go to the Promised Land and continue there with this same whiny, stiff-necked, very difficult group. I think Moses was just looking for a little reassurance knowing what he had just faced with them. He knew that God was with him personally and had given Him grace, but what He wanted to know was God with them. Meaning, was God with Moses and the whiny bunch. It was like he was implying, I can do this task you are asking of me because I know that you are with ME. BUT, I really need to know that you are with US because I am not up for US if there is no YOU.
“If Your Presence does not go with US, do not bring US up from here.” v 15
Now that is someone who knew his personal limitations. He knew he was totally done and could not make it any further without God’s Presence….
God’s response to Moses is in verse 17, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for YOU have found grace in My sight, and I know YOU by name.”
God is willing!!!!!! Here God had made His Presence known time and time again to Moses. Moses prayed on behalf of the ones He had to lead and God agreed. This opened the door for the renewal of God’s covenant with Israel and released a prophetic symbolism of what was to come for the world.
Are you there? Are you at the place of Moses when he prayed, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here?” Are you at the end of your rope and have no vision to continue and no strength to endure?
Be encouraged today my friends!! You can through Jesus. You can go where He leads and you can lead where He leads. Because of Jesus we no longer have to ask God if He is willing….His eternal answer came in His Son…..Emmanuel, God with US!!! And His Presence brings His power!!! His power to overcome, rise above, and conquer each task that He gives.
You have been given the fulfillment of God’s promise for His Presence in the person of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit. You can be confident that His Presence is always with you. Know that today. Stand assured in this place. True rest only comes in Christ….in His Presence. He soothes, comforts us, settles and consoles us and quiets us with His love.
You can do anything, be anything, speak anything, and lead anything He directs because you can be confident that His Presence is what gives you true rest.
You can accomplish anything He asks of you because of Jesus. You can know that you have all of the support of Heaven to obey and move forward in whatever way God leads you. “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength, the joy of the Lord is your strength, and in His Presence is fullness of joy.” Your ability to fulfill His will is found in Him! He gives the requirement and then provides the response!!! Only God can do that for you!!! Now call on His Presence, lean on His Presence and arise in His Presence and move forward with joy knowing that HE goes with you and gives you rest!!!
Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”