“If Your presence does not go,” Moses responded to Him, “don’t make us go up from here.” Exodus 33:15 HCSB
The presence of God is the most real thing we ever encounter. C.S. Lewis*
After the Israelites had sinned against the Lord by worshiping the golden calf that Aaron had formed, Moses set up a tent outside of the camp and called it the tent of meeting. Anyone who wanted to consult the Lord would go to the tent. Whenever Moses went to the tent, the people would stand and watch him until he entered. Then, they would all bow in worship as the pillar of cloud symbolizing God’s presence covered the entrance to the tent, for the Lord was speaking to Moses.
Moses, and all of the Israelites, realized that it was impossible for him to even attempt to lead the Israelites without God’s presence to guide him. What an amazing difference it would make in our lives if we would only depend upon the presence and direction of God the way that Moses did.
Lord, help me not to consider any new direction without first being conscious of Your presence in my life.