WhereCan I Go Without Your Presence

1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Depart, goup from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land ofEgypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will giveit.’
 2“Iwill send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, theAmorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.
 3“Goup to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in yourmidst, because you are an obstinate people, and (I)I might destroy you on the way….12Then Mosessaid to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘(R)Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know (S) whom You will send with me (T) Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you havealso found favor in My sight.’
 13“Nowtherefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, (U)let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may findfavor in Your sight (V)Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
 14AndHe said, “(W) My presence shall go with you, and (X) I will give you rest.”
 15Thenhe said to Him, “(Y) If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up fromhere.
 16“Forhow then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Yourpeople? Is it not by Your going with us, so that (Z) we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the otherpeople who are upon the face of the earth?” (Ex. 33:1-3, 13-16 NASB)
Here we find a verypowerful message hidden within the self-induced turmoil of the Nation ofIsrael; The necessity and significance of the presence of God. The ApostlePaul, in painting images of the Holy-Spirit as God’s presence in the postresurrection era, points to Old Testament shadows and types in which the templewas the dwelling place of God. In several separate instances, Paul points tothe believer as the temple of God. First, the believers collectively (thechurch as a whole is referred to in (1 Cor. 316; 2 Cor. 6:16), and then theindividual believer as being the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19). What Paul ispointing to is the eternal presence of God in the dealings of His creation.
In one particularinstance, we see God giving Moses explicit directions for the building of the tabernaclein which He would dwell amongst His people (Exodus 25-31). Then there was thedebacle in the desert where the Israelites decided they would worship a calfinstead of God (Exodus 32). Because of their contrary and obstinate ways, Godtells Moses that he will not go with them, but send an angel instead, becauseif He went their disobedient ways would cause Him to destroy them on the way(Exodus 33). 
What I would like tofocus on here is Moses’ response to the proclamation of God. Moses detects theinadequacy in God’s absence. You would think Moses would be satisfied withhaving a guardian angel, but Moses has an immense and acute perspicacity ofwhat is at stake and immediately addresses the issue. Moses basically says toGod, “You have declared us your people; you have proclaimed that you arepleased with me, but how will anyone know that you are pleased with me or thatwe are your people, unless you go with us. How will your people and myself bedistinguished from all other people unless you go with us (Ex. 33:15-16paraphrased). In other words, Moses was saying that the very identity marker ofGod’s people is God’s presence. Unless God be present in the midst of Hispeople there can be no indication that they are His people. We all know thatGod honored Moses’ supplication, the Tabernacle was built, and the glory of theLord filled the tabernacle (which later became the temple in Jerusalem).
It is of great relevance to understand that God’spresence in our circumstances and daily dealings carries an immeasurable impactin us fulfilling our destiny. His presence is the only way we can combat theenemy with success. Today we are the temple and the Glory that fills the templeis God the Holy Spirit. Though he eternally indwells the believer, we flee fromhis presence by quenching (1Thess. 5:19) and grieving (Eph. 4:30) Him. Weignore His promptings and disregard His revelations. As Moses did in the bookof Exodus, we must come to the knowledge that we cannot successfully navigatethe dark labyrinthine corridors of this perverse world without the presence ofGod to guide us. We cannot master the maze of mediocrity and move into thegreatness of our designed destiny without His presence. We cannot sustain ourgait without His presence to strengthen us. We cannot move past the monumentsof malevolence laid at our feet daily by the enemy.
So many of us have set out on this journey withlittle or no regard to the proximity of God in relation to our walk; we havedeemed it within our rights to walk alone. However, the design does not make anallowance for deviation from the plan. So much of our pain and frustration canbe retraced to our unwillingness to walk with God and to submit to his will.For some of us, the presence of God interferes with our plans and desires, sowe consistently tuck Him away until that convenient moment at which we decidewe need Him.

Let us come to a place of understanding. Let us seewith spiritual eyes that without the presence of God, we are dead in the water.Join me in inviting God in to establish our path and luminously reveal us asHis Chosen.

May you be richly blessed,

BishopRick Wallace
Founder& President
RickWallace Ministries
100Men of Purpose