Today’s Reading: Exodus 33-34
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Key Verse: Exodus 33:15
Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here…”
How did Moses know that God’s Presence was with him? First of all, God promised that “My Presence will go with you and give you rest” (31:14). Moses was so very human. God had just promised His Presence, and now Moses uses that little word “if.” God gives grace in spite of our unbelief. Secondly, God allows Moses to experience His Glory. The Word comes first and then the experience. All we really need is His Word. He says to us, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). This is His promise to us at all times. He also says, “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We should not require more proof. Nevertheless, Jesus, with great emphasis promises He is “confirming His Word with accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
I praise and worship You, Lord God, for Your Presence. If You don’t go with me, I won’t go anywhere. I know according to Your Word that You are with me. Therefore, I will boldly move into this new day and into the rest of my life with excitement, knowing that You will work all things after the counsel of Your will (Ephesians 1:11).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I was waiting on God during a week of fasting and prayer about 14 years ago. I would show up in the Chapel very early each morning to petition God for His directions. Always I would think of Joshua, who was there with Moses every day in the tent of meeting. “…Joshua…did not depart from the tabernacle” (33:11). Joshua was there faithfully. It’s obvious why Joshua was to occupy a place of leadership.
One of those who would sometimes show up to pray with me in the chapel in the early morning was my co-host, Lorna Dueck, now Crossroads CEO. Lorna needs us to rise up, pray, and do our best to give generously this month…and then just to let her know you are solidly with her, give again within a few days! I’ll make sure Lorna gets the “double giving” list. By the way, I’m currently in hospital trying to fight an infection. Your prayers are appreciated.
Yours to help us all to know God’s will through His Word,