Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God’s promise to us, “I will be with you,” is God assuring us of His faithfulness to meet our need for courage and empowering us to face everything that this life would throw at us, even the things that seem impossible. So, what do you do when you don’t have confidence in the midst of conflict?
There is no question that the Presence of God is what brings us great joy, comfort, and peace. The Presence of God will also give us confidence in the face of opposition and any less than favorable circumstance. Moses was called by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised land. But in Exodus 33:3 God tells Moses “I will not go with you.” But remember that the reason Moses was in this position of leading the people of God was because of the encounter with God (God’s presence) that he experienced while in Midian on the other side of the desert on Mount Sinai while shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep (Exodus 3). This is where God gave Moses his assignment. Moses understood that without the presence of God he was doomed and the people that he was called to lead had no hope of making it. We must realize that as God’s people we are called by God our Father “to live and move and have our being with and through His presence”(Acts 17:28). So, Moses realizes that it is a failed mission to go forward without God’s presence. So, what does he do? It’s interesting. He has a conversation with God. He makes his request known. People that don’t understand the purpose of prayer usually go without God’s provision. They say things like, “If God knows my needs then why should I pray?” Moses understood his need for God’s presence so much that he told God, “if your presence doesn’t go with us, I’m not taking another step.” WOW! Why don’t you stop right where you are and ask God to confirm His presence with you before you take another step without Him. It’s a promise that if you ask He will answer. You see God knew Moses’ need and the Israelite’s need, but it wasn’t until AFTER Moses made his request that God told him in v.14, “My Presence will go with you, (you mean Moses changed God’s mind) and it (my presence) will give you rest (peace & confidence).” James tells us, “You have not, because you don’t ask” (James 4:2). God expects us to ask.
It is this revelation that enabled the exploits of the apostle Paul. It’s what strengthened a king named David. Moses needed this assurance. They all needed incredible courage to fulfill their callings.
This promise is given to everyone that calls on the name of the Lord. But why do some live with a greater sense of God’s Presence than others? My experience, SOME PLACE A HIGH VALUE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD, and some don’t. Those that do, enjoy fellowship throughout their day with the Holy Spirit. They are extremely conscious of Him and how He feels about their WORDS, ATTITUDES and ACTIONS. The thought of grieving Holy Spirit brings great sorrow. This passion for the Presence of God will cause us to live in the place of confidence. “I am with you always…” becomes our reality that causes the supernatural life. Those with a passion for the Presence of God will be the ones with the constant activity of Holy Spirit working through them.
When you live with the assurance that Jesus, “will be with you always;” now these signs shall follow them that believe.
My prayer for you today is that you will receive the revelation of your need to seek God with your whole heart and desire His presence more than life itself, realizing that His presence is life.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”