Aimless Without the Lord’s Presence

Aimless Without the Lord’s Presence

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:7-17

Moses once again interceded on behalf of his people, this time deploring the Lord to go with them. I don’t think we fully understand the significance of that request. Nor do we quite understand what it’s like to live without God’s presence in our lives.

I remember aimlessness, going from party to party drowning myself in alcohol, not remembering a lot when I woke the next morning and looking forward to the next weekend to do it all over again.

Hopeless. Aimless. Misguided. Lost.

Without God’s presence, Moses felt lost. He had spoken multiple times with the Lord “face to face”, but he pleaded on behalf of his people. He knew what it was like to be in the very presence of Almighty God. Moses knew what withdrawing His presence would mean: aimlessness.

Brothers and Sisters, God is about ready to do a new and exciting thing in this world. All the signs are pointing to it.

Are you enjoying His presence today?

The “ride” for most will get very bumpy and chaotic.

Are you enjoying the Lord’s presence today?

The Church in the West as we know it is about to be shaken up and stirred.

Are you enjoying His presence today?

I don’t consider myself Nostradamus or a prophet, but based on what has happened over the last 30 days, the next 12-18 months will get very interesting.

Are you enjoying His presence today?

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