“Moses said, “If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this trip off right now. How else will it be known that You’re with me in this, with me, and your people. Are you traveling with us or not? How else will we know that we’re special, I and your people among all people on this planet.” Exodus 33:15-16 (MSG)
“The hardest job in the church is being a minister’s wife.” This statement was made by a brother in my church and somehow, these words resonated within my very being. It steeped so deep down inside of me that if left me almost feeling paralyzed. Thoughts of varying magnitudes swirled from one corner of my mind to the other. Am I qualified for this job? Am I equipped for service? Can I deal with both days and nights of feeling alone and isolated? Will I buckle under the pressure? Can I manage the many requirements of this assignment?
I felt as though the world stood still and all I could do was focus on the upcoming task! As the service in church continued, the moderator asked us to turn to Exodus 33:12-15 and as they read verse 15, the answer my soul sought after came right then and there through the Holy Spirit. All I needed was the presence of God to go with me. His presence would provide me with whatever strength I needed. With that reading, His peace not only came within but washed away the fear, the anxiety, the doubt, the feeling of inadequacy.
God’s presence is able to provide all that we need to accomplish the things that we are required to do. In fact, He has equipped us with the tools needed to work. We are therefore encouraged to seek His presence. David in Psalm 51 asked God to never take His Holy presence away. You see, it is in His presence that our hearts become filled with joy and so many answers are given. His presence can provide renewal and rejuvenation. His presence can uplift the weak and break whatever feeling of bondage and yokes we may face. The cripple can be straightened out only in His presence and so this reminder is quite fitting for you at this moment.
Seek after it friends. Let the quest for God’s presence always be Your priority – My priority. Let us always seek to abide in Him so that His presence can abide within us.