Becoming a disciple: dependence on the Presence of God


Scripture – Exodus 33:15-17

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.”


Moses was a friend of God and spoke to him as such. He knew that without the presence of the Lord, he and the Israelites were no different from any other people. He got it. He understood it. He acknowledged it. God was pleased with him. Not because of anything he had done, but because of his confession of dependence on God. Moses was the leader of well over a million people. He was the supreme Justice in the Courts system. He had more power than anyone else in all of Israel.

But he knew where the power came from and where it would stay. God.


It’s easy for us to get so caught up in our own little world and it’s easy to forget who really is in control. We need to have the understanding that Moses had – that there is no point doing anything if God is not present. Let us cry out for more of his presence in our worship as well as our decisions. Let us decide to remain in the presence of God and stay until his presence leads us in a new direction. We want to be salt and light to the world around us but as Moses said, “what else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Let us refuse to take new ground without the Presence of the Lord going with us.


Jesus, I choose to remain in your presence. You are not nearly as pleased with ideas and deeds as much as hearts and lives truly dependent on your presence. I invite you to be tangibly present in every element of my life and ministry. You are the WHY, you are the WHAT and you are the HOW. Better is one day in your courts…

Be glorified today. In Jesus’ name, amen.



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