Exodus 33:15 Then Moses said to (the Lord), “If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
I don’t know of any Christian friends of mine who intentionally ignore the Lord.
I don’t know of any who say to Him, “Lord, You just stay up there in Heaven until I really need You for something down here.”
In fact, I have a lot of friends who, like me, have the greatest intentions of spending time with God in prayer and in reading His Word every day.
But often times, more than we’d like to admit, it doesn’t happen.
Why is that?
Why do we not wake up every morning, and like Moses say, “Lord, if Your presence does not go with me today, I don’t wanna go anywhere.”
What made Moses that dependent upon God’s presence in his life?
This week in my church’s kids ministry, we covered the story from Exodus chapter 14, where the Israelites were finally let go by Pharaoh after the crushing blow of the 10th plague. Our story picked up where the Israelites had left Egypt, were miraculously guided in their journey by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and now were walking near the banks of the Red Sea. The plot thickens as evil Pharaoh, who had let them go days before, had changed his mind, and set out after them. In verse 10, the Israelites looked up only to see the Egyptian army – that included well over 600 chariots – closing in on them.
They found themselves between a rock and a hard place, or more literally between a flock (of soldiers) and a wet place, and in their terrified state, they quickly located their “Blame Games” that they had conveniently left at the tops of their suitcases when packing to leave Egypt.
Hey there! Yippee!
It’s my blog’s first birthday! Please celebrate with me! While dancing and eating birthday cake and ice cream, I wanted to take a trip down Memory Lane, and share some insights from my favorite posts this year. I have so enjoyed the lessons I’ve learned in this first year of the journey, and I look forward to greater times of sharing with you and hearing from you in year #2.
Last week, Grover asked us a very personal question:
“Are you near or far from God?”
I love the verse in James 4:8 where we’re assured that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. It sounds like the deal of a lifetime, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always consistent in drawing near to God.
And that bothers me.