Exodus 33:14-15 ” The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.’ “

“God brought you out of Egypt by His Presence and His great strength.” (Deuteronomy 4:37)  The Lord’s Presence went ahead of the Israelites as a pillar of cloud in the day, and a pillar of fire by night and it says that it never left them as they traveled. (Exodus 13:21-22)  Moses and the people had come to trust and depend on God’s Presence and so the idea of going it alone was too much for Moses to even consider.  David summed up this feeling perfectly  when he begged God, “Do not cast me from Your Presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11)  We may not be able to touch, or see God’s Presence…but it’s real and it goes before us as a pillar.  So thank You, Lord, for Your relentless Presence in our lives…for “You have granted us eternal blessings and made us glad with the joy of Your Presence.” (Psalm 21:6)

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