Longing For God's Presence

Friday, November 18, 2022
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Exodus 33:15 – Then Moses said, "If you don't personally go with us, don't make us leave this place." (NLT)

She longed for their presence.

The military had called her husband and her son to fight a Middle Eastern war. She worried night and day — never totally focused on anything that she did. What if both were killed? Or suppose that they were critically injured? How would that change the life that she had known?

Another time and place. Another person. She and her husband longed for the presence of their son. He had made some unwise decisions that landed him in jail. Six years had passed with only brief visits. They longed for him to be released so that he could move back home where they could talk and visit regularly.

Moses, too, longed for God's presence. He had agreed to God's assignment and led His people out of slavery. No sooner had they left Egypt than the rebels rebelled. While Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on a mountain, they were below, wondering what had happened to him and fashioning a golden calf to take God's place. God considered annihilating them and starting over with Moses. Moses, however, interceded for the people and begged God to go with them on their journey to the Promised Land. He didn't want to move one step if God weren't by his side.

Emotions can trigger a longing for God's presence. A soul-stirring musical concert or a fiery sermon can easily arouse our feelings. We can be stirred, feel God's presence, and be ready to take on the world for Christ. The danger of longing for God's presence only when our emotions are stirred is that the feeling is typically short-lived. Although essential, emotions mimic a roller coaster's up-and-down movement.

A longing for God's presence that results from an inner conviction that we need and want His presence is more permanent. Faith and a firm commitment will carry us further than an emotional experience.

When we long for God's presence as Moses did, we will:

  • strive to please Him with our actions, words, and attitudes;
  • live a holy lifestyle;
  • recognize that our bodies are temples for His presence;
  • move closer to Him daily;
  • long to grasp the opportunities that He sends; and
  • share Him with others.

Are you longing for God's presence?

Prayer: Father, we believe that You are with us always. Help us long to feel Your presence with us continuously. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Martin!

    Thank you for your words today.

    We need God’s presence everyday, a living presence not a brief emotional moment.

    Thank you for this reminder. Emotions can be tricky, but it’s amazing how God pulls us close to Him.

    Thank you, Martin, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Thank you, Martin, for another of your very reassuring devotionals. Our loving Lord surely is ever ready to serve us and so important that we remain faithful and ready to follow the path He has for us. His ways give us real peace and comfort. Blessings for the writings you continue to send us.

    Good stuff as usual Martin.
    Ten years ago, for a blessedly short time, my 22-year-old son fought in Afghanistan… longest 6 weeks of my life! (while he lost several friends, he returned physically unscathed, praise be to God).
    Those 6 weeks gave me an understanding and empathy for parents and loved ones under similar circumstances everywhere.

    Thanks, Martin. I’m curious — how did those two situations get resolved?

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