If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:13-17 (NIV)
Not One Step
I’m serious. You’re serious about what? I don’t want to take one step unless I know for certain that you are with me to help me. Why is that? I have taken so many steps in the wrong direction. So many times, I have gone and done my own thing. I have wasted time. I have expended energy. I have experienced the fruitlessness of my own self-driven efforts. I want no more of that barrenness. That’s good. I want you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I don’t want you to waste time and energy and effort. That’s good.
There is something I want to clear up for you. What’s that? I am with you wherever you go. I am with you in whatever you do. You are never alone. You are never on your own. You can never take missteps out of my presence. You can’t go so far away from me, doing your own thing, that I am not with you. You can always cry out to me. You can always ask for my help. You can always come to rely on me. Will I let you continue off course? Have I not gotten your attention and turned your life around? Have I not made you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? No, you have not let me continue to go off course. Yes, you have turned my life around. You have caused me to cry out to you. You have been near to me when I have asked for your help. You have helped me to come to rely on you. In a multitude of varied ways, you have always gotten my attention. Yes, in the end you have made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to you name. Yes, I have done all these things for you. And much more. That’s right.
There is something else I want to clear up for you. What’s that? I am pleased with you. I am your Father. You are my child. I love you and you love me. I am devoted to you and you are devoted to me. I am leading you and you are following me. So, I am very pleased with you. Keep on loving and following and serving me. Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That is very good. I will be with you to help you throughout all of your life. I’m counting on you. That is very good.
Heavenly Father, I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything unless I know that you are with me to help me. I don’t want to take one step in the wrong direction. Help me to know you and the plans you have laid out for my life as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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