I wrote this in December 2016. Since then I have quit my job and I don’t exactly know where things are heading. But I won’t be going alone…
Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” The lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.” – Exodus 33:15-18
In Exodus 33, God had just punished the Israelites for making and worshiping the golden calf. The LORD told Moses to take the people to the Promised Land and He would drive out their enemies, but that He would not be going with them, lest He kill them all. The people were distressed about this and went into mourning and Moses continued to intercede for them. Essentially asking the LORD, what would it look like for your people to go without you? How would anyone know who they are? And finally, because of His relationship with Moses, He agrees to go with them and lead them to the Promised Land.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were God’s chosen people. His favor rested upon them and it was known to all. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we have been grafted in and have become part of the chosen. His Presence sets us apart. His blood sacrifice covering our sins, has distinguished us as His people.
As we move into a new year, many of us are transitioning away from one thing and to another. It could be new employment or career, a new relationship, a new ministry…the possibilities are endless. But no matter what our situation is, our response should be the same: I am not leaving this place unless YOU go with me. Show me Your glory. I will not go through the year 2017 without you walking before me and with me. If I don’t have Your Presence, then everything I do is meaningless. Your Presence is what sets me apart. Your Presence is what transforms my life and the lives of those around me. Your Presence is what I hold onto when there is nothing else left. Your Presence. Your Presence. Your Presence.
Lord, I pray as I walk through this year that Your Presence will be with me every step of the way. I ask that I experience Your Glory in a way I have never experienced it before. I want so much more of You than I ever have and I ask that each day I become more desperate for You and all You have for me. Show me Your Glory, Lord. Consume me with the fire of your Holy Spirit. This year, more than ever, I need you walking with me. And God, since you have promised you will always be with me, I ask you today: Show me Your Glorious Presence.