Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” Exodus 33:15, NIV
Moses had walked with God long enough to make bold requests (“Now show me your glory”), and to speak with God openly (“…as a man speaks with his friend”). Along the way, Moses had also learned what he needed most of all: God’s presence.
Moses was saying, “God, I need You! Don’t send me where You won’t be. Don’t give me an instruction that You’re not behind. More than anything else, let me have Your Presence.”
Such faith, and such desperation. I’ve “served” God on my own before–apart from His presence. Whether I did things in my own strength, or only for the benefit of my own ego, God was not in it. On the other hand, I’ve also experienced the joy of God’s presence.–Of accomplishing the tasks He assigned by the strength He provided. His presence makes all the difference. It brings joy and life. In His presence, I’m at once completely aware of my own shortcomings, and completely confident in His ability. His presence is an awesome place to be.
God, I’ve tasted the difference that Your Presence makes, but I want to live there. Don’t let me waste another day trying to serve You on my own. If Your Presence won’t go with me, then don’t send me, Lord. I need You. More than anything else, let me have Your Presence. Amen.