Reading: Exodus 33:14
Verse 14: My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.
Today’s passage is one verse long. It is given to Moses by God to reassure and encourage him. It is a good promise for us to remember as well.
God’s presence goes with us in so many ways. I think it begins with the situations and people that God brings into our lives. These are both opportunities to share God with others and to experience God through others. Sometimes in our lives we have the blessing of ministering to others and at other times we are ministered to. When we respond to these opportunities, when we are open to the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives, surely God’s presence is with us.
A few days ago I felt a nudge to go visit a friend who had experienced a very difficult loss. I was going to be traveling through her state so I asked if we could have coffee. As I drove yesterday, the Spirit was at work and the Lord placed upon my heart what I needed to share. I was able to do that and it was a wonderful experience of being able to share God’s presence and love with a fellow child of God.
The second half of today’s verse is such a blessing too when we can get there. Life does not get much better than when we can find that sweet spot of rest – whether in the recliner, out on the deck, on the couch in the afternoon sun, in the qiuet of the early morning. But it can be so elusive! Life is usually so busy and we go at such a non-stop pace that periods of rest can be hard to find.
One of the most restful times of the day can be our times of prayer and study. If one is willing to carve out 15, 30, or even 60 minutes each day to spend time with God, then He will be both present and He will bring you rest. In those quiet, still moments spent talking with God, He fills you with peace and rest for your mind and soul. God renews your spirit. Taking time to read and meditate on God’s Word is both nourishment and peace for the heart, mind, and soul. He is surely present and certainly fills us up!
Lord God, may I dwell in your presence today and maybe honor you in all I do and say today. May your Spirit grant me rest. Amen.