Today’s Reading: Exodus 32:1-33:23 (additional reading Psalm 33:1-11 and Proverbs 8:33-36)
Key Verse: The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
Do you ever wonder what is the secret of success, victory and unusual exploits that anointed servants of God’s seem to hold? The answer is quite simple, they dwell in the presence God. If we want to overcome great problems and to fulfil your divine destiny, we need experience the power of His presence.
When electricity became available in remote rural areas, one woman went to great trouble and expense to have electricity installed in her home. A few months after the wiring was installed and the power was turned on; the power company noticed that the home didn’t use very much power. Fearing that there was a problem they sent a meter reader to check on the matter. The meter reader saw that the power was indeed working properly and then asked the woman, “Do you use your electricity?” The woman replied, “Of course we do. We turn it on every night to see to light our lamps and then we turn it off.”
Doesn’t that just sound ridiculous? Having all of the power that you need and the ability to tap it all of the time but only using it just enough to “get by.” We would never do anything like that… Or would we? Or are we? Could it be that we do this exact same thing when we apply the same reasoning to the power and presence of God?
In Exodus 33:13-15, Moses did not ask for signs and wonders or miracles; he asked God to show him His way. God answered by saying that His presence shall go with him.
The prayer of the psalmist puts it like this “Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11
We need to experience the presence of God to experience His power. So many people are chasing God’s power when they should be dwelling in His presence. Just like electricity, when we remove the presence of God from our lives; we also remove the power. God created us to have a deep personal relationship with Him. God literally walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They were able to completely enjoy His divine presence.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:19-25
- Have you ever been guilty of chasing the blessings of God more than a relationship with Him?
- Do you find yourself forsaking His presence and power and trying to do things by yourself?
- How can you spur other on towards love and good deeds?
Father, Thank You for welcoming us into Your presence. Thank You that Jesus has indeed made the way possible for us to once again enjoy a close, personal relationship with You. May we always desire You above all else. In Jesus’ name, Amen