THURSDAY, MARCH 21
“… in thy presence is
fulness of joy …”
HOW DO YOU VIEW THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE?
Moses pitched the tabernacle of the congregation outside the camp. This is not the tabernacle for which the LORD gave specifications in earlier chapters. Each time Moses went to this tabernacle, the pillar of cloud would come upon it and God would speak face to face with Moses as a friend would to his friend. Moses humbly pleaded with God to be gracious to go with them in their journey to the Promised Land. He said if the LORD was not present with them, then there was no point for them to go. Moreover, the key evidence that they were different from everyone else was the LORD’s presence with them. The LORD then promised to go with them. He also let Moses see only His back when Moses requested to see His glory.
Is the presence of God in your life, in your family, in whatever you do, and wherever you go so important that you would find it pointless if He were not with you? The only reason for God’s intimate fellowship and abiding presence in your life to be absent is when you continue to live carnally with known sin. What are health, wealth, possessions, and family without God’s presence except just meaningless living? What is a church with many people and activities if God is not pleased to be present to bless spiritually? A true believer will find true joy, usefulness, and purpose only when he knows God is pleased to be with him every step, guiding every decision, and helping along the way. A life without God’s abiding presence is sad and directionless. But when God is present in your life, in family, in church, no matter how difficult, dangerous, and unpleasant things may be, you will have full assurance, joy, and peace knowing He is near and is a present help. Choose to be where God leads you, live obediently, and He will be with you all the way. Sadly today, many believers are less concerned with God’s presence but would think that life without the presence of the internet, TV, handphone, school friends, job, money, health is unimaginable.
THOUGHT: Without God’s abiding presence, life is meaningless and purposeless.
PRAYER: LORD, teach me to treasure Thy presence most of all.