*Today’s post is written by my friend and regular contributor, Debra Dickey. Thanks for sharing your insights with us, Debra!*
I agree with Moses. “God, if You are not coming with me, don’t make me go!” …but if have to, then please, please, please give me a sign!! [Moses actually says, “If Your Presence will not go, do not carry us up from here.” Exodus 33:15]
With each edict near or far, or for every crises, small or large, my dread-o-meter amps to warp-speed – what emotional expense, how much psychological toll, what mental, physical, or financial price am I looking at? All the panic and fear of the unknown and my own very appreciable inabilities come crashing over me, landing with a thud in the pit of my stomach. How will I ever be able to . . . . ?
In similar fashion to the conversation that God had with Moses regarding the arduous journey in front him, God has been having a long talk with me and the responsibilities He tasks me with also. I truly believe in God with my whole being. My continuing challenge is the part that gets me past the human need or desire to validate His power with my physical eyes! But ‘might and power’ express human strength of every description – physical, mental, moral. (Biblestudytools.com) What God tells us is: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.’ (Zach. 4:6) Oh! Wow. ‘Let Your Presence go with us.’
Yet we are always looking for a sign, aren’t we? Actually, God does provide signs for us. Granted, they aren’t like road signs, directional signs, billboards, or a writing in the sky, but when we walk with Him, they are all around us. Interestingly, God never wrote Moses a message in the sky. He never laid a blueprint down. Neither did He send a tweet or a text. He did something better. This was the better thing that God offered Moses –God promised Moses His presence. [lifeway.com]
The certainty, the solid that I am being encouraged to learn from this very personal interaction is the deep-seated root of discipleship I so distinctly and unmistakably need to grasp, and that is: He’s got this!
Each time I pray about a situation, a resolution, for a loved one, or for guidance, strength, and Providence, His Presence is all that is necessary to perform these miracles. I know fully when I offer that prayer, that the Perfect outcome is in His Hands and already in motion! (Do not be deceived, I’m frailly human. Days and nights in ceaseless prayer, I still tend to fret and worry without end anyway! How does one embrace such unconditional power??) He even further promises, “. . .I will give you rest.” (33:14b) Did I hear that right? ‘A benefit of living in God’s presence is that we can snuggle up close to our Heavenly Father, knowing that we can rest confident, secure, and victorious.’ (lifeway.com) Moses plainly, yet meaningfully, presented his heartfelt appeal, and God assured Moses, “I will do the very thing that you ask….” (33:17a)
I am slowly, not always surely yet, but bit by bit, investing faithful confidence, and asking God to “show me (His) Ways, so that I might find Favor in His Sight” (33:13), to trust God’s omnipotent capacity, then be rewarded with the beautiful, exquisite, and touching evidence that has been there all along. It is most assuredly not a sign that I can see with my eyes. It is better. Described by Elijah in I Kings 19:12, it is the sheer Presence of God. Just His Presence. Not the wind, not the earthquake, not the fire. God. A palpable, cognitive, manifest Presence! His essence being Divinely and lovingly written into every fiber of my life, day after day, concern after concern, prayer after prayer, miracle after miracle after miracle. His Presence revealed in all that is. It seems that my mistaken effort to equate earthly affirmations with heavenly confirmations is the very shortcoming standing between me and God’s Promises!
And finally Moses did something even more extraordinary! He said to God, “Show me Your Glory, I pray.” (Exodus 33:18) You know, I understand that part! Probably not in the same parameters as offered there, but my take-away is almost the same. After humbly approaching my Heavenly Father in prayer, presenting my appeal, seeking His Will, asking for Guidance and Help, then listening for His Assurance, there’s only one desire left: “Show me Your Glory, I pray!” So with breathless expectance and a reverent flourish, I bow —–“You got this, God?” … “I’ve got this.” —– then step back and watch His mighty Miracles to Perform!
For sure, I initially thought that my ‘word’ for this year should be strength (I SO need it!), but now I know that Presence encompasses that endangered sliver plus so much more: strength, wisdom, ability, guidance, resources, help, protection, sustenance! So I choose Presence as my word, because not only do I long for God’s Presence, His Presence shall be the path to all His mighty, mighty MIRACLES.
So…there it is. That’s my sign! The only one I ever have need of. Stop looking . . . it’s already here.