God's Presence


How did Moses know that God’s presence was with him? God made Moses a promise and Moses received grace in spite of his unbelief.

Today’s Reading: Exodus 33-34

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” (Matt. 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” (Matt. 18:20). These two statements come from Jesus and He cannot lie. We should not require more proof. Nevertheless, Jesus, with great grace, promises He is “confirming His Word with accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20).


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).


I was waiting on God during a week of fasting and prayer about 10 years ago. I would show up in the Chapel early each morning to petition God for His directions concerning the ministry of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. While I was at the front, I could not help but notice that my son Ron would slip in and kneel at the back each morning. 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.” Joshua’s faithfulness was the reason he was chosen to occupy a place of leadership. Ron’s journey is similar: he was named by our CEO and Board as “Spiritual Director” for both Crossroads Ministry and the TV Network, CTS. Thanks Ron for all your help in making this journey available.

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