“The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:12-15 is by far my favorite dialogue in the Scriptures. This exchange between Moses and God is priceless, and reveals the whole point of God’s redemptive plan.
The tangible Presence of God had been seen as a cloud hovering over the tabernacle by day, and as a fire in the cloud by night, throughout Israel’s journey in the wilderness. In this exchange between Moses and God, Moses asks “who will you send with me?” God’s reply is “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
The Face of God
The Hebrew word for presence literally means “face.” It is reasonable to see that being in someone’s presence would enable you to see their face. When you are in the Presence of God you are literally before His face. This is where intimacy comes into play, with God or anyone else.
When you’re in the Presence of God you’re standing face to face with Him. This is exactly how Moses met with God throughout his life. God Himself said that He and Moses spoke face to face as a man does with his friend. Think for a moment, you have more than Moses ever imagined. Moses had God with him, you have God inside you… you are now God’s Tabernacle!
The Place of Intimacy
When you look into a person’s face you can see what they’re feeling deep within them by their expressions, and God is no different. The more alone you are with God the more you begin to discern His feelings about you, many times even before He says anything. In any long term intimate relationship one look can speak volumes; you instantly understand it because you know each other so well.
This is how it was with Moses; he had become so accustomed to intimacy with God for so many years that he had an insatiable hunger for God’s Presence. Only with the Face of God could Moses ever be content. God alone was the source of his security, His Presence was his greatest possession.
When God said His Presence would go with him Moses refused to take another step without Him saying, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”
God is Always with You
Just as He promised to go with Moses in the wilderness, God has promised to go with you. He made the same promise to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6 saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” This is repeated in Hebrews 13:5 for all God’s redeemed people.
You have already come into God’s Promised Land…the promise of restored intimacy with Him. Having Christ in your life is the heart of God’s desire for you; remember Jesus is Immanuel “God with us.” You are never alone, God has promised that His Presence goes with you, and He will give you rest.
Settle it in your heart and mind that God is indeed with you whether you feel Him or not. His Spirit dwells with in you; you are always before His face the moment you speak to Him. Be conscious of Christ’s abiding Presence; Be aware that God is intimately aware of you twenty fours a day. Be at rest in His Presence, Be confident in His Love, Be courageous in Prayer, and Be Encouraged.