Unless the Lord Goes With Us

Exodus 33:15
Then Moses said to him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send
us up from here.”

Moses was in the middle of his journey through the wilderness, leading the
people of Israel out of Egypt. The people had just sinned by worshiping the
golden calf. Moses interceded for them and God spared them their lives.
Moses then talked one on one with the Lord. He knew he could not lead this
stubborn people without God’s presence. He had come to realize that without
God’s presence, he could not do anything.

How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people
unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from
all the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:16)

Moses did not want to move farther without the assurance that God was moving
with him. He knew it was a life-and-death situation. He sought the Lord with
his whole heart on this one matter.

The question is a good one. If we are to be effective in anything we do for
the Lord, the Lord must be in the midst of it. Unless the Lord’s power is
seen among us, we will be just another person who has religion. Unless we
manifest His life to others, they will see only good behavior that is easily
counterfeited by moral people.

Moving out in presumption will end in failure and frustration. Ask the Lord
today to assure you of His presence and power in your activities. Then you
will be assured that you will be distinguished among all the other people on
the face of the earth.

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