Friday, September 22, 2017

February 2: Stubborn Like Moses

February 2 _ Moses-sq“And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”  (Exodus 33:15)

Moses, a man who knew the importance of the presence of God, who found safety and security in the presence of God, who realized there was a price to be paid for the presence of God, was determined not to go forward without the presence of the Lord.  Read once again his prayer:  “If your presence will not go with me, don’t send me.”

When was the last time we told the Lord, “If your presence doesn’t go with me, I won’t go”?  That’s exactly what Moses was saying … he was convinced that he didn’t want to go anywhere that God wouldn’t be with him.  He understood just how important God’s presence was in accomplishing anything he set his hand to.

The Old Testament word for “presence” means essentially, “the face”.  It speaks of intimacy, of closeness, of knowing.  Moses wanted to see God face-to-face wherever He led him.

The presence of God is precious as we pursue Him or seek Him out.  1 Chronicles 16:11 tells us to “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”  The word “seek” means to search out in worship and prayer.

Adopt a Moses-like attitude and be stubborn.  Let God know you will go nowhere that He doesn’t lead, that you want His presence to be with you everywhere you go, in everything you do, at all times.

Lord, I long to be like Moses … I long to know that Your presence is with me wherever I go.  I do indeed need You every hour of every day that I live, amen.

“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”  (Psalm 27:8)

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