Friday, October 19, 2012

Don't Leave Home without Him!

I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Exodus 33:3 ESV).

When the people of Israel heard this disastrous word from God through Moses, they were stricken with grief (33:4). At least for this moment, they realized the gravity of their situation.

Since their departure from Egypt, God’s presence among them was manifested as a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. With the assurance of God’s presence among them victory over their enemies was a sure thing. Without God’s presence they would not stand a chance against their enemies.

They were large in number; they had an army of men ready to defend their women and children. They had Moses as their leader, but without God’s presence they had nothing.
How many times do leaders lead, address challenging ministry concerns without ever wondering if God is in their midst? How many times do leaders prepare messages, preach, teach, and lead congregations without any sense of God’s presence? How many times do we go through a work week, parent our children, relate to our spouses, engage in social settings without wondering where is God in this part of my life?
Without God’s presence in the midst of all that you do, the work will not prosper. Pause for a while and ponder what you just read. Without God’s presence and power graciously at work, nothing we do will last or have the desired impact!

The presence of God is the mysterious movement of the Holy Spirit who indwells and guides God’s people. Jesus promised to never leave or forsake his children. He tenderly promises, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

Why not pray this prayer right now:  Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! (Psalm 143:10)