Each day this month, we will consider key moments in God’s glorious plan to redeem us. We will understand both the overarching story of God and the highlights of all he’s done for us in Christ.
God called an old, humble shepherd, Moses, to a nearly impossible leadership task — that of forcefully removing about a million slaves from one of the most powerful nations on earth. On top of this, both the slaves and the masters had rejected him, and he had been in hiding for forty years.** Moses didn’t think he was enough.** “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 4:1)?
God gave Moses an antidote to inadequacy: his presence. “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12).
When I feel the way Moses did, it helps me to have another person around. I feel less lonely, more hopeful, and more courageous. But the best human company pales in comparison to the presence of God. Our Creator wants to commune intimately with us. His presence brings peace, power, purpose, and more.
The presence of God can get us through anything. The One who knows us the best and loves us the most meets us at every point of need. Moses needed God’s presence, and so do leaders of any kind.
The presence of the Lord must have grown increasingly precious to Moses. Just a few weeks later, during a growing crisis on Mt. Sinai, he said to the Lord, “If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this trip off right now” (Exodus 33:15, The Message)!
Whether you are a spiritual leader, a CEO, a shepherd, or just an ordinary person facing the normal challenges of life, aren’t you glad that our Lord and Savior abides with us? There is nothing like his abiding presence.
Lord God,thank you for your Spirit’s abiding presence. Remind me that you give me everything I need to obey your will, even if I feel inadequate. Help me trust in your power and step out in obedience by faith despite how I might feel.
Throughout This Day: Thank God for the many ways you are experiencing his presence as you accomplish your daily tasks.
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