Tuesday, March 21, 2017
As I was reading in Exodus 33 yesterday, I stopped at verses 13 and 14, to reread and think about what was being said. Moses makes a request to God, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight…”
It seems like a normal and reasonable request. Moses is leading God’s people out of their slavery in Egypt and into the promise land and he desires to know the ways and the will of God… But it was God’s answer that made me stop and think about what was happening here. God replies to Moses’ request, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
This really made me think…how many times have I requested that God show me His will, how many times, even in frustration have I literally begged God to show me His will for my life? “God what does my future hold?” “Can you show me your will for my life?” “Oh God, who am I to marry?” “God, do you want me on the mission field?” “God make your will clear to me!” “God, show me what my future holds!”
I often feel that God should give me details of what my future holds. I even make it sound spiritual…”God show me exactly what you want me to do, so that I can be sure to obey Your will and to walk in Your ways.”
So when Moses asks a question that I have asked so many times, “God show me Your ways,” I had to pay attention to God’s answer…”My presence will go with You…”
My presence will go with you.
No details of what Moses would have to face in the upcoming weeks or years…but a promise. A beautiful and very precious promise. The very presence of God would go with him. Whatever would come, whatever would happened, Moses could know, and rest upon the fact, that the very presence of Almighty God was with him.
So that was yesterdays thoughts and ponderings…
This morning I flipped over to the New Testament and started reading the book of Acts…and again had to stop and reflect because a question and answer are presented…so similar to what I just read in Exodus 33.
At this point in time, Acts 1:6-8, Jesus has finished His earthly ministry. He has already been crucified, buried, and resurrected…and is about to return back to Heaven.
His disciples are so focused on what is going to happen now, they wonder about Jesus’ will and what will happen in the future. They present Jesus with this question, “LORD, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He replied, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Wow. How similar this is to the request Moses made of God. The disciples asked “what is your will.” And His reply was also so similar, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…My presence will be with you…”
This is a concept I’ve needed to understand for a while now…I really don’t need to know all the details of what God has planned for my future. I don’t need to focus on desiring to know God’s will and His ways…but my focus needs to be on God. Knowing that the very presence of Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Almighty God, is with me.
I don’t need to know what tomorrow holds, but I do need to know the God who holds tomorrow.
He promises to lead me and to guide me. He promises never to leave my side. Such a beautiful and precious promise. Through the blood of Christ I have been reconciled to God and I have access into His very near presence.
He holds my future.
I can trust Him, one day at a time, one moment at a time, His presence will be with me…and that is enough.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall make straight your paths.”
-Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV