GodReflection: Power Word Wednesday
“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.“ Exodus 33:15
Banks of bright lights shine down on the surgical table. The IV stands ready for the deep sleep juice. Then a nurse moves toward the table to announce a change in plans. The surgeon decided at the last minute not to be present. If it’s ok, his physician assistant will proceed with the delicate surgery.
After Israel made its first idol to worship in place of the Holy Creator, God’s hurt and anger flashed so hot He wanted nothing more than to wipe the nation from the earth and start over with Moses.
The anger of God burned to the point He was afraid if He continued the trip He might kill the people along the way.
After His first agreement with Moses to spare His people, God instructed Moses “Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you.”
So God agrees:
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?
Here is my take away. It is Moses concluding observation:
What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
Talk about a power word.
Presence suddenly jumps from the page. It is to be my mark of distinction. It is always true with God’s children. Without His presence, what else will distinguish me, and the rest of God’s children, from all the other people on the face of the earth?
It almost sounds like the first draft of the final commission of Jesus to go into the entire the world when Jesus affirms, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Help me to trust you yet more fully. There are times when I feel your presence and there are times it feels distant even though your presence never moves away. My prayer is to believe—to believe that the cloud and fire of your presence leads and envelopes my 24/7 walk.
In the name of Jesus may it be so.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God’s Power of God’s Presence.